Have you ever walked into a room and forgot why you were in there to begin with? (I have). Have you ever been watching a TV show or movie and when the commercial comes on you forgot what you have been watching? (I have). Have you ever just simply forgotten something? We all have.
Well its a good thing that we now have the Internet to replace the memory that we are supposed to have as humans. Don’t remember the name of that movie you saw with Johnny Depp? Google it. Can’t remember where your favorite restaurant is located? Google it. As humans, we have become increasingly more dependent on Internet search engines and other digital tools to help us remember the things we have forgotten. Instead of forcing ourselves to think back into our memories, we can easily use a few keystrokes or download a few apps to either jog our memories or find the answers for us. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, in 2014 there were 2,095,100,000,000 that year with 5,740,000,000 searches per day. That’s a lot of forgetfulness amongst the human race.
However, our memories can be improved through training. Our brains do what they are trained to do. There are several apps that you can download for memory training. Memory apps are best used as games to help train your brain to memorize patterns and increase your concentration. The Huffington Post has compiled a list of 5 of the best apps to help sharpen your memory.
1. My Personal Memory Trainer for Android
This app uses a series of games that ask you to memorize patterns, strings of numbers, and complete puzzles.
2. Lumosity for iPhone
With this app, you set goals for memory, attention span, flexibility, speed, and problem solving. Then you play games that fit to your goals accordingly.
3. Fit Brains Trainer for iPhone
By setting your difficulty level, you can increase or decrease your ability to memorize sequences of numbers, letters, and pictures and then ask to identify the missing piece.
4. Brain Workout for Android
This app will intentionally tease your brain to improve your memory, accuracy, and mental agility.
5. Music Game for iPhone
In this app, you follow a sequence of light and sound patterns and then mimic that pattern. The faster and more accurate you are, the more points you receive.
Despite our reliance on the Internet and the training we can achieve through memory training apps, we also rely on other people to help us remember things. In an article written for CNN, it states that “In fact, in any group of two or more people who know each other, there develops what’s called transactive memory systems. That means that you use other people as external memory, because they have specific knowledge and expertise that you don’t.” How many times have you been in a conversation or discussion, had a lapse of memory, and had to look at/ask for another person for assistance? We rely on each other for our weak moments, this includes moments when we forget or lose our train of thought.
Even social media has learned how forgetful that we have become as humans. The app, TimeHop, specifically hones in our memories as things that we have posted on social media. It will retrieve your social media “memories” day to day to show you the things you have experienced in the past. Facebook has also implemented a memory system that will show you your past posts, posts you’ve been tagged in from the past, and pictures you’ve posted.
As humans, we have a certain capacity for memory. Has it been affected by the Internet? Most definitely. The Internet has enabled us in a way so that we don’t have to think too hard about things that we should already have stored in our brains. Don’t achieve a state of Alzheimer’s early, push your brain to its limits. Use your memory.