When was the last time you used a paper map? More often than not, you will not be able to remember the last time you used a map, because people now rely on GPS navigation. GPS navigation is just one example of a significant phenomenon that is still ongoing in the world, the development of technology. On the surface, it seems as though technology makes everyone’s life easier, but scientists are starting to worry about the consequences of depending too much on technology.
Instead of thinking for ourselves, we allow the machines to think for us. For example, when maps were being used, people used brain power to map out their destination, but now, people use hardly any brain power for navigation, because the GPS maps out the destination route. Similarly, we used to have to remember our loved one’s phone numbers, but now with the contacts feature in cell phones, there is not as much of a need to remember people’s numbers. Scientists are worried the easy access to information is causing detrimental effects on our brains.
Individuals who depend too much on technology are at greater risk of hindering their cognitive abilities. According to Alzheimers.net, individuals who suffer from loss of cognitive ability due to technology dependence suffer from digital dementia. The symptoms of digital dementia closely resemble the symptoms of a head injury. According to Forbes, those who suffer from Digital Dementia tend to have short-term memory loss and seem to be absent-minded. Fortunately, the effects form Digital Dementia can be reversed!
Exercising our brain more often will help prevent, or reverse the symptoms of Digital Dementia. Alzheimers.net recommends reading a book, exercising more, and learning a new language as different options to increase memory retention. Ultimately, the best way to reduce the risk of getting Digital Dementia is to resort to using your head, instead of relying on Google for answers. Although technology has benefited society in countless ways, it is important to remember to not depend too much on our devices in order to protect our brain health.
Blog written by: Ashley Ricks