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Posted on July 2, 2015 by staff

Smartphones Increasing Digital Amnesia

Smartphones Increasing Digital Amnesia

A survey has suggested people are using the internet and smartphones as an extension of their memory, which may lead to “digital amnesia”.

Researchers found that people increasingly rely on their devices and struggle to recall information about their loved ones. The survey was conducted by cyber security company Kaspersky Lab and consisted of over 6,000 people aged 16 or older in six European countries.

Seven in ten could not remember their children’s phone numbers and nearly nine in ten could not recall the numbers for their children’s schools.

Kathryn Mills, of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at Universtiy College London said: “One of the reasons consumers might be less worried about remembering information is because they have connected devices they trust.”

Principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab David Emm said: “Connected devices enrich our lives but they have also given rise to digital amnesia. We need to understand the long-term implications of this for how we remember and how we protect [our] memories.”