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Smartphone users face risk of digital amnesia

“It is very important to limit ones dependence on smartphones primarily because of its addictive properties”. File photo  

Today, getting access to information is child’s play, courtesy Google. With so much information available, people tend to transfer most of the memory functions to their smartphones, raising the spectre of digital amnesia.

According to a survey by the Internet security solutions provider Kaspersky, 50 per cent of users treat the Internet as an extension of their brain, while 74 per cent use their smartphones to connect to the information highway.

The survey, conducted among a little over 1,000 Indian respondents between June 23 and July 2, found that half of them were not so much interested in remembering facts as they were about where they sourced the information from.

About 25 per cent respondents said they ‘strongly agreed’ that they just need to remember the source of the information, 47.8 per cent said they ‘slightly agreed’ with the statement. Likewise, 26.5 per cent respondents ‘strongly agreed’ that almost everything they need to recall or know is on their smartphone while 37.80 per cent ‘agreed slightly’ with this. As a result, memory is the first to be affected. Additionally, since digital communication has become incredibly high with websites such as Twitter, human minds can’t possibly store so much of information without some help. “It is not just about reliance but rather something more severe, an addiction,” the survey said.

“It is very important to limit the dependence on smartphones primarily because of its addictive properties. The mind is a muscle and if it’s not used for the reasons it was made, it will become lazy. The smartphone addiction may lead to digital amnesia, which should not be taken lightly,” Altaf Halde, Managing Director (South Asia) at Kaspersky Lab said.

The survey, however, pointed out that the trend of smartphone dependency seems to decrease as the age increased; smartphones have not been around long enough to influence a 55-year-old as it is influencing a teenager.


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