Technology not good for memory
For most, smart phones have become a second brain. Especially when it comes to storing contact information. Thousands of names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers. The problem is that as technology allows us to do more and more, it hurts our cognitive skills.
Chester Santos, The International Man of Memory, who devotes his life to helping people restore their ability to process thoughts and sharpen memory skills says that he is amazed at the negative impact technology has made on the mind.
"It has gotten so bad that not only do people not remember their contact's numbers, but I've met many people who can't even remember their own number," Santos said.
And according to most studies, it's only going to get worse.
According to an article published by Chelsea Clinton and James Steyer, Is the Internet Hurting Children?, the internet has impacted the kids.
"While the research is still in its early stages, it suggests that the Internet may actually be changing how our brains work. Too much hypertext and multimedia content has been linked in some kids to limited attention span, lower comprehension, poor focus, greater risk for depression and diminished long-term memory," the article said.
And it looks like it's going to get worse before it gets better.
By the time they're 2 years old, more than 90% of all American children have an online history. At 5, more than 50% regularly interact with a computer or tablet device, and by 7 or 8, many kids regularly play video games. Teenagers text an average of 3,400 times a month. The fact is, by middle school, our kids today are spending more time with media than with their parents or teachers, and the challenges are vast.
At Santos' lectures, workshops, and private coaching sessions he devotes a good portion of his time on showing people how to reprogram their mind.
In this video Chester works with Wired.com reporter Alexis Madrigal. By the end of the lessons, Madrigal talks about how he can feel his brain reprogrammed.