Written by Ayushi Saha, a student at Delhi university.
With the rising concerns of digital amnesia, of phenomena where our brains are fast losing the ability to remember as we become increasingly reliant on technology to retain data.
What leads to Digital Amnesia?
Due to the pandemic, over 80% of people rely on electronic devices. Students are dependent on smartphones for their online classes and assignments. Most of the people of different sectors, especially IT firms, are doing work from home due to this pandemic. So we can’t take this issue lightly. According to Scholars, these times smartphones are becoming important both professionally and personally. In fact, a research has shown that that 7 out of 10 people don’t recall their spouse or relative contact number without taking help of their mobile phones. Another one revealed that 50% of students are not interested in memorizing the data and facts.
This digital amnesia or dependency on electronic devices, also affects our sleeping pattern. It decreases the level of melatonin hormone, which is responsible for our sleeping cycle. If sleeping pattern will affect it then there will be lack of concentration in studies and feeling laziness and dizziness.
Most people are continuously working on their laptops for many hours which affect their eyesight and it also leads to Kyphosis.
How we can overcome this?
Several steps needs to follow to overcome digital Amnesia:-
- Ensure that you do not carry your mobile phone at the time of bedtime full stop.
- Turn off notifications and uninstall/ offload all the unessential apps.
- Observe a screen free day at least once in a week, have a healthy rich diet and that should be on time.
- Don’t rely completely on smartphones.
- Try to Study from hard copies and books.
- Learn new skills or any new language which will enhance your brain nerves.
- Last one, get adequate sleep.