If you had to make a list of all of the things you have learned in your lifetime, I am sure the list would be vast, and loaded with amazing things. But I am going to guess that if you are anything like me the list of the things you knew and have forgotten along the way might be longer. I think back at all the stuff I knew and now get those ah ha moments when I recall the information. I am going to stick to the story that we are in information over load and the files we do not access go somewhere to be filed for later use, until I need the information and cannot figure out where those files are.
I do agree that we are in information over load, but at our own hands because we are continually accessing information, much of it useless or on a whim, and usually stuff that we will never use for anything other than a good laugh. I am not saying this is a bad thing, and most likely if the internet, smart phones and information at the speed of light had been available 50 years ago, we would have done exactly the same thing. I will be one to say that the technology available today has provided me with amazing tools to do what I do to have so much information, and I am grateful for it all. But some of it, this smart intelligent easy to access information seems to have made me lazy, stupid, and I have actually learned to rely on it and not challenge myself any longer to remember it. An example, smart phones, I am guessing that many of us have embraced this amazing technology. A device that remembers all the stuff we used to have to remember that now keeps our music and important information at our fingertips. Frankly at this point I cannot remember a single e-mail, phone number, address, password, birthday, event or anniversary without my phone. My brain has just decided that it no longer needs to remember any of this stuff.
So has technology helped or harmed us... The jury may still be out!
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My name is Jeffrey Burke. I have been in the health and nutrition field for well over three decades. In August 2012 I was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasting Hall Of Fame. It was an amazing honor to be honored at the Gala event.
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