Sunday, May 4, 2014

How will we remember...

In this digital age, are we swapping the ability to hyper multi-task for our long term memory?
Having not grown up in the heavily digitized age, I find myself at constant odds with the culture shift that has occurred over the past decade.  While I can recognize and appreciate the need, and convenience of the Internet, I Phones, I Pods, etc., I am also concerned about what that means for our future...and this little tidbit of information has reaffirmed that weary feeling.
I am indeed a user of all things "high-tech," and would never freely give up my I Phone.  But having grown up in the late 80's, and 90's, I have seen a substantial difference in how we as a society have begun to think and function differently.
The old ways of studying, or recovering information has radically changed, and with it, apparently, the neurological functioning of our minds.
This metonymy within the relation between the brain and Internet may be causing us to loose the ability to make long term memories.
"It’s that feeling of short-term overload that’s really letting the internet affect us. When you’re writing a paper, checking Facebook, looking at Twitter, getting an email ding, well that’s your four thing limit. You’re always putting yourself into a place where you’re overloading and swapping stuff in your short term memory…There’s some concern that because of the internet, we are re-wiring our brains to constantly scan for information rather than taking it in, losing our ability for long-term memorization."-is the internet changing our memory
What will become of "reality" if we loose the ability to fix our place in any given point in time?  Do we cease to exist within any reality at all?
I realize this is an extreme, but lets consider the amount of time its taken to go from analogue to digital, low tech to high tech...I remember just a few years ago when the thought of something better than a CD was inconceivable!
If this trend of moment to moment living continues, and it will, can we be expected to become something indiscernible from who we are now, a being that truly "lives in the moment?"  What would family's look like, relationships--would there even be a need for them?
Are we all becoming pod people?



1 comment:

  1. You kept mentioning how we have changed due to technology and used comparisons from the 80s, 90s, and today ( I feel like I sounds like a radio station) anyways, I think it is interesting how you stated, "There’s some concern that because of the internet, we are re-wiring our brains to constantly scan for information rather than taking it in, losing our ability for long-term memorization" I want to take this a step further…when you recall things in your memory you think of pictures and thoughts, sort of like when you go to your parents house and open a photo album (how crazy is that thought, considering the majority of our generations photos are saved on their phones or computers).

    What if our phones or computers just broke one day, how would we recover those photos? Could this affect our memory? If all your "memory" is erased because you dropped your phone/computer, it got wet, or caught on fire…would you lose everything like you would if your house burned down with all those photo albums?

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