Take a moment to think about the last time you memorized someone’s phone number. Was it way back when, perhaps circa 2001? And when was the last time you were at a dinner party or having a conversation with friends, when you whipped out your smartphone to Google the answer to someones question? Probably last week.
Technology changes the way we live our daily lives, the way we learn, and the way we use our faculties of attention — and a growing body of research has suggested that it may have profound effects on our memories (particularly the short-term, or working, memory), altering and in some cases impairing its function.
The implications of a poor working memory on our brain functioning and overall intelligence levels are difficult to over-estimate…READ MORE: How Technology Is Warping Your Memory | HuffPo
This is the very premise of Nicholas Carr in his book the Shallows. A great read conserning this topic. Dependence on tech has compromised a lot of lower cognitive functions like memory and short term thinking. The simple autocorrect has actually reduced spelling proficiency among a lot of young writers and facial recognition (ones ability to attach a name to a face) is diminishing as well. This is why i disable autocorrect on my phone, keeps me sharp.
That’s really interesting about the autocorrect! Turning it off is a great idea.
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