(Telegraph) Google is ‘ruining our memories’, study claims
Over-reliance on Google and smartphones is causing ‘digital amnesia’ across the UK as people struggle to recall basic phone numbers
Just under half of connected adults cannot recall their partner’s phone number, while 71 per cent can’t remember their children’s, a study from Kaspersky Lab has found.
Over half of 16-24 year-olds surveyed said their smartphone held almost everything they need to know or remember, as people increasingly store contact information and important details only in their digital devices.
“We need to understand the long term implications of this for how we remember and how we protect those memories,” said David Emm, principal security research at Kaspersky Lab. “The phone numbers of those who matter most to us are now just a click away – so we no longer bother to memorise the details.”