Smartphones: A Memory Replacement

Smartphones: A Memory Replacement

The smartphone has partially replaced our memory, helping us recall information like birthdays, deadlines, contact details and to-do lists. These are the things we relied on our memory for, but now instead of training our memory, we are training it to rely on the external tools and apps.

As we rely on our smartphones, we are getting increasingly forgetful, which is not good for any successful business or personal relationship, where you need to show that you value and remember them.

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To use your memory, you need to figure out how your mind registers information. It can be in writing or audio/visual format. It’s important to leave technology behind and focus on the individual or group in front of you.

  • When we get introduced to someone or meet them for the first time, repeat their name often in your conversation.
  • Do not hide behind your laptop taking notes during a meeting.
  • Make it a game to remember people's names as you walk by the office.

Though it sounds counterintuitive, prioritizing new information instead of important information helps us recall better. Example: Looking up or googling the people that you meet online helps us retain their names and other details.

Prioritize remembering what is in front of you and in the current context.

The boring, routine work that is often delegated to others is a memory-enhancing goldmine.

Repetitive tasks like organizing information, digitizing an old contact list, inputting information manually on a laptop or PC, which leaders would normally delegate to others, can aid us in recalling information and memory consolidation.

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Our sense of sight aids our memory using location, placement, direction and other visual and space elements, something known as Spatial memory.

We automatically start to build spatial memories from a very young age, recollecting the layouts of places and how they relate to the physical objects around them.

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  1. Encoding - the stage when the brain consciously acknowledges information based on our senses. When we attach meaning or factual knowledge to any of this sensory input, that's called semantic encoding which makes us retain memories longer.
  2. Storage - it is when information is stored in different areas of the brain, thanks to the neurons that connect every time we perceive information.
  3. Recall - when our brain "replays" or revisits our memory even though it is not as exact as the first one.

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  • When our brains are engaged in too many different tasks, we tend to forget simple things.
  • The way to avoid absent-mindedness is to make use of a task list that lists out the activities in order of importance and trying to focus on only one task at a time.
  • Make good use of the calendar and phone reminders, along with habitual routines (like putting everything in a travel bag, for instance) to not to forget anything.

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