Slaves to our smartphones? New study details digital amnesia

  07 October 2015    Read: 695
Slaves to our smartphones? New study details digital amnesia
Over reliance on smartphones and tablets is eroding our ability to remember, that
As more and more of our important information is stored online, less and less of it is stored in our brains – the study found that 47% of those surveyed aged 16 or older could not recall their childhood phone number, while 57% could not call their office without looking up the information.

It also detailed the so-called Google effect, the study from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky found that 36% of those surveyed used search engines rather than recall to find out the answer to a question.

Researchers from UCL and the University of Birmingham confirmed that not memorising facts contributed to what they called ‘digital amnesia’. Dr Maria Wimber said that it could prevent the build-up of long-term memories meaning we would merely process information on a ‘moment to moment basis’.

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