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.
What the Internet is doing to our brains