Digital Brains Vs. The Active Rehearsal Of Information
What is the impact of cellphone technologies on our memory?
Its not just the kids who are forgetting basic skills like writing the alphabet due to cellphone technology, but also adults — who, thanks to digital address books in cell phones, don’t remember (or know) the numbers of even their families anymore. Interestingly, while we now program all our known numbers into our phones and dial by calling up names, we still tend to remember older numbers from the age of land lines.
Professor Elizabeth Loftus, a memory expert, explains the phenomenon: