In Yer ‘Ead, My Son: Exercise Your Memory….or Lose It!
It wold appear that the more dependent we become on searching for things online, rather than exercising our brains, is causing our brains to become lazy. We have, according to Professor Gunn-Moore, outsourced our brains to the internet!
When you actually consider that the billions of neurons in our brains could wrap around the earth several times, it seems almost foolish to rely on technology to do what our brains do seamlessly….and naturally, if a bit slower than a machine.
Too Much Information: A Dementia Link?
I find it interesting to note that, in a study conducted on hoarding behaviour and the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia, people with hoarding tendencies, e.g. keeping hazardous stacks of newspapers, notes, etc. are more likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s. It’s as if the effort to remember everything causes a circuit to blow and the person ends up remembering nothing at all!
Sociability Online and It’s Wider Impact
While the internet is a great resource for people around the world, the runaway impact it can have on relationships as well as our brains is becoming worrying among counsellors and psychotherapists; people, especially young people, are becoming so reliant on an intermediary between them and other people, that they are actually AFRAID of direct interaction with others (which may be part of the reason why young people take drugs like MDMA (“Ecstasy”) which encourages people to hug one another), and which makes job interviews a frightful prospect for many.
It’s Good to Talk….and to THINK
There used to be a catchphrase used by a major telephone company in the US which stated, “It’s good to talk” – and so it is. It’s also good to take in information in measured amounts so that you can properly process it….and not overload your brain with too much, and often useless, information.
In fact, I would recommend keeping a road atlas in your car — technology fails (or gets it plain wrong); on one occasion I was attending a conference near Bath and an unforeseen detour – which wasn’t indicated by SatNav – meant that we had to look at a map(!) to figure out how to bypass the detour and continue our journey.
SatNavs are wonderful things — unless they lead you to a cliff or a dead end road! — but you might want to consider, BEFORE you get in your car, to do things the old school way….and look at a map! Your brain will thank you for it…in the long run!