Are you suffering from digital amnesia? I am damn sure that most of you are thinking to skip this. As you are fit you don’t feel any kind of problem in your body, isn’t it?
But let me tell you are mistaken. Smartphone has transformed our lives. They connect us to the people and things we care about and place information at our fingertips. So your mobile phone addiction and 24/7 access habit to the internet is compromising your ability to remember the simplest of facts, leading to memory loss.
Eight out of ten people rely on smartphones more than their memory. In a research work, it has been seen that the usage of the smartphone has increased 200% than we did five years ago.
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, then congratulations chances are you’re suffering from digital amnesia. Yes, you heard it right.
The rapidly growing problem
This is a phenomenon that is increasingly happening, 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.
The mistakes you make
- 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 sleep less but spend more time with your gadget. You can’t even spend an hour without your smartphones or laptops. That can be a reason for digital amnesia.
- 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.
Don’t let technology become a source of stress: While technology is 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.
Sleep enough: Sleeping properly is one of the important things to consider. As sleeping enhances our thinking capability and makes our brain more active. Sleeping less can be a reason for your memory loss. Spend hours with your gadget can make you feel happy but this will make you suffer from digital amnesia. Sleeping properly will need some perfect ornaments of bedroom that can solve your every problem.
Don’t replace real relationships with digital ones: We spend too much time maintaining superficial connections online that we hardly have time for cultivating real-life bonds. Learn to strike a balance.
Some renowned researchers are done by some renowned institute
As this problem is growing day by day, there are many institutes who have done some researchers to make you see the real view of this story. According to an examination done by Kaspersky lab (https://cdn.press.kaspersky.com/files/2017/04/Digital-Amnesia-Report.pdf) says many things about digital amnesia. In this research the keyword findings were
- Across the United States, the study shows that an overwhelming number of consumers can easily admit their dependency on the Internet and devices as a tool for remembering. Almost all (91.2%) of those surveyed agreed that they use the Internet as an online extension of their brain. Almost half (44.0%) also admit that their smartphone serves as their memory–everything they need to recall and want to have easy access to is all on it.
- Many consumers are happy to forget or risk forgetting information they can easily find–or find again online. When faced with a question.
Half of U.S. consumers would turn to the Internet before trying to remember and 28.9% would forget an online fact as soon as they had used it.
- Although dependence on devices appears high, when asked, most participants could phone the house they lived in at 15 (67.4%) as well as their partners (69.7%), children (34.5%), and place of work (45.4%). They could not, however, call their siblings (44.2%), friends (51.4%), or neighbors (70.0%) without first looking up the number.
- Contrary to general assumptions, Digital Amnesia is not only affecting younger digital natives–the study found that it was equally and sometimes more prevalent in older age groups.
- The data consumptions and losses stored on digital devices, and smartphones, in particular, would cause immense distress, particularly among women and people under 35. More than half of women (51.0%) and almost the same number of 25 to 34 year-olds (48.6%) say it would fill them with sadness since there are memories stored on their connected devices that they would never get back. However, it caused the even younger participants the most fear. One in four women (27.1%) and 35.0% of respondents age 16 to 24 say they would panic: their devices are the only place they store images and contact information. Etc.
And another study done by the famous newspaper Telegraph UK has disclosed that how technology messes with their brain.
They mentioned that the whole UK population is suffering from “digital amnesia” brought on by over-reliance on smartphones and Google to summon up information people no longer retain memories.
Just under half of the connected adults cannot recall their partner’s phone number, while 71 percent can’t remember their children’s, a study from Kaspersky Lab has found.
Another famous resource for this famous topic is BBC they are also said that the UK is suffering from this digital amnesia fever. According to their research among adults surveyed in the UK, 45% could recall their home phone number from the age of 10, while 29% could remember their own children’s phone numbers and 43% could remember their work number.
The ability to remember a partner’s number was lower in the UK than anywhere else in the European survey. There were 51% in the UK who knew their partner’s phone number, compared with almost 80% in Italy.
So according to this study along with our research, we can see that the number of affected people is huge and increasing rapidly.
So this shows that the most affected group is in between 25-34 years people they feel more attached to their devices or smartphones. And the least attached group is above 45 years they feel less attached to their smartphones so they are less affected by digital amnesia. This study says that almost everyone is affected by this digital amnesia more or less.
These studies highlight how, as well as storing factual information, there is a trend to keep personal memories in digital form. Photographs of important moments might only exist on a smartphone, with the risk of their loss if the device is lost or stolen.
So we can say this trend will go high gradually. Everybody should keep a habit remembering thing often by keeping notes and avoiding digital uses. Increasing your digital use will decrease your brain power.