The Internet Crutch

Maybe I am just from the older generation, not a “digital native”. I grew up reading books, and still do.  I have worried that the way I consume news and other media will change the way I think in some profound way.  I’m have always had a good memory but as I get older I do seem to struggle for names or words.  Of course I have so much more to remember these days, simply by being older.  But there is so much more information available that it becomes overwhelming.

I think my friends consider it a bit quirky and my kids find it old fashioned, but I don’t  reach for my phone or pad and Google for the name of an actor or title of a book that I can’t (temporarily) recall.  Sometimes I come up with it, sometimes I wait to see if it “pops into my head” (isn’t here a more enjoyable feeling?).

I also have no sense of direction.  I mean I seriously have a deficiency that is probably medical.  GPS has been like magic for me.  But lately I have been turning it off.  I’m not sure if this is a good thing for me or not, but I am trying to be less dependent on these “assistive” technologies.  I mean, it is tempting to use one of those little electric scooters at the grocery store, too.  They look like so much fun.  But for as long as I am able I think I will walk.

An older article from the Atlantic on the possible mental enfeeblement caused by the modern internet.

Is Google Making Us Stupid?

What the Internet is doing to our brains

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