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Wednesday, December 18, 2013


 A recent cartoon in a prominent Telugu Daily turned me witty. The person who turns up for interview is posed a question : what is your name ? In response,  the man falls back on internet to search his forgotten name.

Needless to say that our memory capabilities have  drastically been reduced with the advent of internet which facilitated the free-flow of information.  Internet on mobile platform further deteriorated the situation and remembering even a phone number is not required as phonebook of mobile phone would take care of that.

Over-dependence on technology sharply declines our mental abilities , a recent study found.

If we take human computer Shakuntala Devi's advice into our veins, our computational abilities and memory retention powers remain largely in tact with age.

Shakuntala Devi advises that no child should be given access to computers till he/she reaches the university and has developed enough 'human mental skills' In fact the advice of Shakuntala Devi is a bit difficult to implement in the same breath as children at present want to embrace new technologies  which we can't ignore at any cost. The possible solution lies in taking a middle- path.

This   2011 research by Columbia University psychologist Betsy Sparrow brought out some chilling facts about the way our memory works in the age of Google. 'Since the advent of search engines , Sparrow says that we are reorganising the way we remember things'. Our brains rely on the internet for memory in much the same way they rely on the memory of a friend, family member or co-worker, she adds.

What needs to be underscored from her findings is " we remember less through knowing information itself than by knowing where the information can be found''. Having seen the darker side of over-indulgence of technology, it seems that the time is now ripe to switch the gears as over-indulgence with technology would only impede our memory.

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