Using multiple devices at once is causing your memory to fail, study finds
Moving continually between screen-based activities, such as texting, checking Instagram, or watching a video may make us forget information we want to remember.
Even though we continually devour information, we will be left frustrated because we're not able to bring knowledge to mind to express what we know. In an experimental exercise, researchers found that people who are less able to sustain attention and those who reported being heavy media multitaskers both performed worse at memory tasks.
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The way many of us, especially young adults, consume digital media, often by multitasking, can impair attention, according to new studies.
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Some of the effects of media multitasking include reduced attention spans, lapses in attention, and forgetfulness of information due to reduced brain-signal patterns.
The lower sustained attention can also result in people having memory recall issues in the long run, as the everyday behaviour evolves into a steady pattern.
E-thinking has moved us into habits of grabbing our phones to answer the simplest of questions: finding the map directions to a known address, or calculating the square root of four.
Attention is selecting which elements you look at, interact with, and remember. Attention can get tired, like a muscle.
The internet is a very powerful stimulus for attention. It offers information constantly, demanding and overloading a system that was designed to function in the low to medium social networks of the natural world.
Trying to protect oneself from boredom and the fear of missing out (FOMO), has caused people to switch from tab to tab, or screen to screen on the desktop.
People switch between content on computers every 19 seconds, viewing the content for less than a minute. Multitasking this way breaks concentration. You lose time with this and context-switching and deplete your available mental energy.
Take a minute or two to sit in a comfortable position and breathe deeply into your stomach.
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Take the time to identify what deserves your focus for the year, for the month, for the week, and for the day. Then look at your calendar and block time dedicated to focus.
If you need to focus, log out of email and social media. Log out for 30 minutes either at the beginning of the day or for a period in the afternoon. You won’t believe how much you can get done when you’re not always interrupting yourself to return emails.