Internet generation may have poorer memories

Researchers in the USA have found an interesting way in which we can improve our memories. But it means that the growing numbers of people who spend their life online could suffer.

The psychologists at the University of Michigan have discovered that social interaction helps boost memory skills. It appears that social isolation reduces cognitive abilities.

Considering vast numbers of people now exist in an almost entirely online world, this could be potentially quite significant. Being with real people, face to face, rather than being online and connecting with people virtually, appears to help your brain power.

For anyone in business this means you must take periods away from your computer and go out and meet real people. Not only will this do your business good as a result of the networking you do, it will also improve your brain power enabling you to work out ways of beating the competition who stay stuck in their offices behind their PC.

Social networking, email and online forums may give the appearance of human interaction, but clearly our brains know the difference. You need to be “out there” amongst real people; indeed the researchers found that simply chatting to your mates was as effective in boosting your intellectual capacity as doing so-called “mental exercises”. Mind you, they didn’t study my mates…..!

Like this article?

Share on twitter
Share on Twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on Linkdin
Share on facebook
Share on Facebook
Share on email
Share via email

Other posts that might be of interest

Internet Psychology

Is your brain back to front?

British businesses will spend this weekend on tenterhooks as they wait for Monday’s announcement from the Government about the ending of lockdowns. For the past couple of weeks, the mutterings from 10 Downing Street suggest

Read More »
Internet Psychology

Can you do boring tasks?

Last week, not far from the M25 in Buckinghamshire, the biggest-ever boring machine in the UK started its slow churn through the Chiltern hills to dig a tunnel for the HS2 rail system. It will

Read More »
Fence painting
Online Business

When did you last paint your garden fence?

If you are a “big change” business, then you are like my garden fence. Leaving it unpainted for so long has created much more work, at a higher cost, than if it had been tended to every year. Ignoring reviews of your online activity for long periods also means you make more work for yourself and raise your costs.

Read More »