Are your memories being swept away by an invasive wave?
With the bad online, scrolling habits, our minds are constantly being activated. Daily, we are getting messages and calls coming in from friends and family to make plans for the weekend, being pestered by your boss or colleagues on your email, keeping update on daily news, stalking your enemies on social media, looking for love and/or hook-ups on dating apps, checking out the latest deals on retail websites, navigating our way around the road on gps, playing mobile apps while sitting on the toilet, deciding what to order for dinner on Uber Eats, deciding what to order for lunch on Uber Eats, listening to your favorite podcasts on streaming apps, watching a new documentary on Netflix, Googling how to spell “necessary”, Googling who that actor was that played in that film. Googling what other films that actor starred in. Googling how that actor reacted to the Me Too movement. Googling how that actor was actually accused of unsavory behaviour. Googling how that actor and Barack Obama are involved in a syndicate of pedophiles organising out of a pizzaria. Googling “Pizza Gate”. Googling “who is Qanon?”. Googling Paul “Furber”. checking the time only to find that it is 3am. going onto youtubing the trailer of that film that actor played in. Watching 6 more trailers of films that actor plays in, 4 interviews she has given, and one compilation of every time she side-eyed the interviewer. Leaving all of your tabs on Chrome open. Listening to a meditation app to help you fall asleep, only to wake up and realise you can’t remember 70% of the information you had accessed the day before.
This deluge of information, light and sound has become a consistent part of our everyday lives, never allowing our minds some time to rest and process any of the data washing over us. We allow it to interrupt our sleep and our social interactions. If you have noticed that your memory has been slipping, that you can’t remember most of what you did last summer, it is probably because you have been feeding your brain too much information and have not allowed it time to process all that information before you are hit with another tidal wave.
When evaluating our online habits and how it is affecting our mental capacity and physical health, we should also consider, how much do we need to remember, and how much can we leave online.
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