Is your smart phone making you less smart?
According to a survey of 3600 people our digital devices like smartphones, tablets, and computers are degrading our ability to remember. They are giving us “digital amnesia”.
The survey by Panda Security found, for example, that over 82 percent of parents wouldn’t be able to remember their children’s phone number if they had to.
See the survey report here.
The survey report notes that as technology advances, we have to exercise our brain to keep up and gives three tips to help you combat Digital Amnesia and improve your memory:
- Brain Dump: Similar to an overloaded computer, a brain dump can clear your cache to improve overall performance. Memorize selected information - from a recipe to all the U.S. Presidents. Sit for a few minutes, then write out every piece of that information you can remember.
- Digital Detox: Being constantly bombarded with information can lead to memory loss. Practice “starving” the brain to rebuild your memory. Try turning your phone on airplane mode, sleeping with your device in the other room, or doing complete digital detox for a set period of time.
- Limit Notifications: Improve your ability to concentrate by removing the distraction of push notifications from your applications.