Digital amnesia!

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Like you, I've used the resources of my smartphone Internet to respond to a question or another almost instinctively without even resorting to my mind to try to elaborate a response, for example: Ya Ndemufayo? would hardly respond to such a question without recourse to the above underlining.

 

What is happening is that nowadays a large percentage of people rely on information technologies as the first resource for the search for information. Not that this is bad, the point here is its apparent dependence on “anything and everything”, a study by Kaspersky Lab  which suggests a direct link between the amount of information available at a click and the failure to memorize something and “named” this phenomenon as being Digital Amnesia  in general the experience of forgetting information that is entrusted to a digital device that stores and remembers for us.

 

We must take into account that the electronic devices help a lot in our daily life but at the same time enlarge and much our Amnesia Digital, there is a need to understand the long-term implications that overuse can have when it comes to how we remember something and how we can protect those memories.

 

There are also indications that Internet  is changing the type of things that we consider worthy of being stored and remembered, in this study, almost 61.0% believe that there is no need to remember something we see on the Internet unless they remember where they found it; 67.9% say they need quick answers and don't have time for libraries or books.

We must take into account that the electronic devices help a lot in our daily life but at the same time enlarge and much our Amnesia Digital, there is a need to understand the long-term implications that overuse can have when it comes to how we remember something and how we can protect those memories. Looking for information on the Internet instead of trying to remember for ourselves makes us somehow superficial, it is much easier to create permanent memories when we try to remember something than to repeat information passively, eg: look for information on the Internet, which ends up creating less solid memories.

 

Study done by Kaspersky Lab in collaboration with Dr. Kathryn Mills (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) and Dr. Maria Wimber (School of Psychology University of Birmingham).

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