Your mobile phone addiction and 24/7 access to the internet is compromising your ability to remember the simplest of facts, leading to memory loss
Are you one of those people who cannot dial your best friend’s number without searching for the digits on your smartphone contact list? Do you log on to the internet every single time you need basic information? If yes, chances are you’re suffering from digital amnesia.
This is a phenomenon that is increasingly occurring, especially amongst youngsters because they have started using their phones and the internet (social media accounts) as an extension of their memory. People are so connected and dependent on their electronic devices that they are losing the ability to think! According to a new survey, researchers found that people rely on their devices a lot and are unable to recall important information about their loved ones. For instance, seven out of 10 people could not remember their children’s phone numbers.
Only half of the adults could instantly recall their home landline numbers from when they were 10 years old. Dr Samir Parikh, mental health professional, believes that nowadays, people just have to swipe a finger or click on a search engine to access facts; hence they don’t feel the need to remember anything. “As we become increasingly dependent on mobile phones and digital media, we tend to rely less on our own cognitive processes. With reminders, notes, contact details, and even passwords being saved on our electronic devices, there is a greater tendency to rely on these ‘memory cards’ than on our own memory.”
5 signs you have digital amnesia
– You store all your data on your phone, laptop or other technological devices.
– You spend an excessive amount of time with digital media instead of indulging in other activities.
– You are socially alienated. You rely on online networking sites to communicate with others. This makes you awkward when you interact face-to-face.
– There is a decline in productivity. If you observe an adverse impact on your work, in terms of forgetfulness, unfinished tasks, forgotten responsibilities, etc., it’s time to check your gadget use.
– You are unable to imagine a technology-free zone i.e. a few hours of the day without the phone, laptop, tablet, a Wi-Fi connection or any other form of technology drives you up the wall.
How to prevent it
Don’t let technology become a source of stress: While it’s meant to ease our lives, technology can overwhelm many people with the constant changes and increasing demands.
Make smart choices: Use the internet to help with your work, maintain connectivity and keep yourself updated with the latest in the world. At the same time, don’t use it to kill time, view distasteful content or intrude on someone else’s personal space.
Don’t replace real relationships with digital ones: We spend too much time maintaining superficial connections online that we hardly have time to cultivating real-life bonds. Learn to strike a balance.
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