Survey reveals that extensive use of smartphones and Internet can cause Digital Amnesia TeCake

Using your smartphone and Internet at an extent may weaken your memory power. A new survey suggests that the people using smartphones and the Internet at an extent, may lead to ‘digital amnesia’. The survey was conducted by Kaspersky Lab, a cyber-security company.

In the survey of 6000 people in six European countries including the UK of 16 years or older in age, researchers were found that these people extensively spent their time on smartphones and more than 50 percent of it was spent in surfing the Internet.

These people were asked few questions regarding important information about their loved ones and they were unable to answer. The researchers warned the people that they are increasingly forgetting information because it is easily stored on their smartphones and it could be fetched, when needed.

Seven out of ten of them were unable to recall their children’s phone numbers, meanwhile, nine out of ten weren’t able to remember the numbers for their children’s schools.

The reports also revealed that only half of adults could instantly recall their phone numbers of their home, neighbours or siblings from when they were 10 to 15 years old. In addition, more than 50 percent of the participants aged up to 25 excused that almost everything needed is stored on their smartphones.

So instead, people are replacing the ability to remember specifics with the certainty as they are now able to store the information online and retrieve it later — a sort of digital amnesia. In fact, more than 90 percent of those surveyed for the Kaspersky report agreed that “they use the Internet as an online extension of their brain.”

“One of the reasons consumers might be less worried about remembering information is because they have connected devices they trust,” said Kathryn Mills of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London.

David Emm, the principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, said, “Connected devices enrich our lives but they have also given rise to digital amnesia. We need to understand the long-term implications of this for how we remember and how we protect [our] memories.”

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