Technology and Our Memory: Can We Find a Balance? - Page 2
I’m not making an argument that technology is bad, or that it is having a negative effect on our society, far from it — I use a myriad of devices everyday, it’s how I make my living. But we are living through 4-inch screens. We document so much of our lives, from vacations, to live events (check any YouTube clip of a concert for the number of phones, and even iPads recording — you will be surprised), even memorializing family gatherings on Instagram, that we can sometimes forget to live in the moment.
Maybe that study is right, and technology is dumbing down our brains. But does it have more to do with the technology, or us as people? Are we so attached to these devices, that when we don’t have them, we can’t function? Or is it just a commodity that we have utilized to its fullest extent?
There is one thing I’m sure of — we need to have a balance between our extended brains, and our natural ones. We should be able to remember more than five phone numbers, we should be able to recall more than three of our family member’s birthdays, without looking at our phones, or tablets, or computers, or mutant 5-inch Android devices (really Samsung?).
We built this technology-filled world with our natural brains. Let’s make sure we can remember how we did it, without having to check our devices.
By the way, the topics that I blanked on were in my iPhone. Go figure.