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How Technology Is Warping Your Memory | Huffington Post

How Technology Is Warping Your Memory | Huffington Post | Learning how to Learn | Scoop.it

Take a moment to think about the last time you memorized someone's phone number. Was it way back when, perhaps circa 2001? And when was the last time you were at a dinner party or having a conversation with friends, when you whipped out your smartphone to Google the answer to someone's question? Probably last week.

 

Technology changes the way we live our daily lives, the way we learn, and the way we use our faculties of attention -- and a growing body of research has suggested that it may have profound effects on our memories (particularly the short-term, or working, memory), altering and in some cases impairing its function.

 

The implications of a poor working memory on our brain functioning and overall intelligence levels are difficult to over-estimate.

 

"The depth of our intelligence hinges on our ability to transfer information from working memory, the scratch pad of consciousness, to long-term memory, the mind’s filing system," Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains, wrote in Wired in 2010. "When facts and experiences enter our long-term memory, we are able to weave them into the complex ideas that give richness to our thought."

 

While our long-term memory has a nearly unlimited capacity, the short-term memory has more limited storage, and that storage is very fragile. "A break in our attention can sweep its contents from our mind," Carr explains.

 

Meanwhile, new research has found that taking photos -- an increasingly ubiquitous practice in our smartphone-obsessed culture -- actually hinders our ability to remember that which we're capturing on camera.

 

Concerned about premature memory loss? You probably should be. Here are five things you should know about the way technology is affecting your memory.


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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This simple trick is a powerful way to overcome procrastination! The book boast that by simply "eating your Frog" first, you will get more done in less time....
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Wasted Words – Why Marketing Content Longer than 3 to 5 Items Does Not Work - Gartner | #TheMarketingTechAlert

Wasted Words – Why Marketing Content Longer than 3 to 5 Items Does Not Work - Gartner | #TheMarketingTechAlert | Learning how to Learn | Scoop.it

All that extra stuff may be just wasted words—and there is research to prove it. Last week I was reading a blog post on the Business 2 Community site titled “How to Sell Complexity Beyond the Customer’s Capacity to Understand“.  It is a great post and it mentioned a research study that showed that (quoting from the article) “our limited short-term working memory that’s capable of remembering only 3-4 items of new information at a time.”

 

So what happens if we throw a lot more at them?  Well, they either only remember 3 or 4 of them or, even worse, the information overload causes them to forget most, if not all of it. So, there is scientific proof that too much detail will do more harm than good.

 

Let’s face it, most technology products today are so robust and complex that it is impossible to narrow things down to only 3 to 5 things.  But you have to.   Find ways to group things into a higher level story—-add the details as your drill down, progressively providing more and more information.  While not easy, this is not impossible.

 


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CYDigital's curator insight, April 15, 2014 8:23 PM

And there you have it: PROOF the verbosity kills. Don't do it. Write it, leave it, come back to it, shorten it, repeat, repeat, let it rip.

ContentMarketingNews's curator insight, September 14, 2014 8:37 PM

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How To Stop Procrastinating - A Step-by-Step Process For Busting The Worst of Procrastination

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