Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Is Digital Amnesia A Worry

by Marie Vonow (follow)
Blogs:https://minamaries.blogspot.com.au https://simpleselfimprovement.blogspot.com.au/
Life (608)      Technology (18)      Brain (8)      Internet (7)      Memory (4)      Mobile Phone (4)      Digital Amnesia (1)     


Is digital amnesia a worry
Title added to image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

When people hear the word 'amnesia' they worry because they know it means forgetting things and that's scary. It could be forgetting who you are, who other people are and where you live. However, many people have digital amnesia and that doesn't bother them, it's an accepted part of modern life.

What's digital amnesia?
It seems the term 'digital amnesia' was coined in 2015 by Kaspersky Lab, a software security company. It refers to using a digital device to record certain information instead of memorising it. A person knows he/she can get information such as a phone number, address, birthday, work schedule or other facts from their phone (or other device) where they have stored it so they don't attempt to memorise it.



Mobile phone
Image: Photo Mix from Pixabay

Why could this be a problem?
Some fear people may 'forget how to remember' if they depend on devices to do the job for them.

I have read a few online articles about digital amnesia being a problem because the brain isn't being used to remember facts like phone numbers. It has been pointed out there are many people who can recall their home phone number from when they were a child but today they don't know their partner's mobile number because they use the number stored in their phone.

However...
It is not unusual to have strong memories of things from childhood and in fact elderly people suffering dementia may well remember events that happened in childhood but be unable to remember what they ate for dinner today.

I have not seen anyone point out that phone numbers of 60 years or so ago were much shorter than they are now. I lived in a country town and our number, which I recall along with grandma's number, consisted of just 3 digits plus the name of the town. That was much easier to remember than a modern ten digit mobile number. I see the sense in using my contacts function to store phone numbers, especially as some of my friends have a second mobile number or they still have a landline as well.

Before digital devices were invented, many people wrote down phone numbers, birthdays and other information they wanted to have at their finger tips. They may have also memorised it, but often didn't, just making an effort to remember where they kept that important notebook.

People were using diaries to make a note of appointment times and scraps of paper or a notebook for lists, reminders and to record their ideas before digital devices became commonplace. I am not aware of researchers worrying that writing these things down instead of committing them to memory could be a problem.



Coffee and note book
Image: Engin-Akyurt from Pixabay

I learnt many facts when I was at school including the population of countries. I learnt how to spell the names of various countries and what their capital cities were. Populations keep changing so those carefully memorised facts quickly became outdated and useless. A few places have had a name change. What's the point in memorising facts that are likely to change? I can't see the harm in googling for current information.

Could there be a positive side to digital amnesia?
Some say there could be advantages to relying on digital devices to store some information. Nancy Drew of Penn State University says it frees up the brain to retain a larger number of lasting memories. It also allows for engaging in analytical thinking and increased creativity.

Getting a balance
I can see a point in not using a digital device to store every number, date and piece of information one may need. Even though there are calculators on our mobiles I still think it is good to be able to do some addition and subtraction mentally. I am old school enough to feel knowing multiplication tables has its place. However, I think using a device for storing much of the information we need to be able to access easily is sensible.

I have much to learn about modern technology but I value my digital devices and the internet and have been known to say, I can't live without the internet. I don't long for 'the good old days' before modern technology but I think we need to have a balanced approach in utilising it.

A different meaning of digital amnesia
On Technopedia I read a different meaning for digital amnesia, 'Phenomenon in which technological knowledge becomes lost to humanity through constant technological advancement.' The definition continued to explain, 'When a digital source can no longer be read due to the unavailability of the reader required to read the media, hardware, software or physical media, or even if the media itself is damaged beyond repair, digital amnesia is said to have occurred.'


# Brain
# Digital Amnesia
# Internet
# Life
# Memory
# Mobile Phone
# Technology
I like this Article - 3
More Articles by Marie Vonow
I enjoy cooking and it is fun to try out a new recipe
128 views
I used to absolutely hate moving house
139 views
Memories are important to us and are great as long as we donít get stuck in the past and forget ...
115 views
I was reading some quotes about clouds the other day and noticed different reactions to the word...
155 views
The beach is a great place
105 views
Sometimes it is difficult to feel motivated
20 views
view all articles by Marie Vonow
Articles by Marie Vonow on Other Hubs
ID: 95760
[ Submit a Comment ]
Hi Marie,
Love your articles as usual. :)
Justine
Thanks for your support, Jussie! When I come across a term or word that is new to me I note it down and sometimes feel motivated to do an article or blog post about it.
Trending Articles
Some of the ideas we read today may seem new because they are different from commonly held beliefs...
109 views
According to Wikipedia, **research** is 'creative and systematic work undertaken to increase the ...
77 views
I believe in decluttering
76 views
These days we are bombarded with information about all the things we%% should%% be fitting into ou...
106 views
We are aware the world has changed so much in recent times
69 views
**COPING WITH WORRIES** It is a normal and understandable part of being human to worry
68 views
The way people react to silence varies
66 views
When people have told me about various exercise activities they participate in I feel a subtle e...
103 views
This morning I went to the library to pick up a book I had on hold
152 views
These days with all its hustle and bustle it can be easy to forget to live in the now, the momen...
196 views
Categories
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version