Dear Technology…Miss Me?? (No.2: The Lost Letter)
BTdubs, I have a new love interest in my life… your pal Siri. If my wife wasn’t so fond of her as well, she’d probably be pretty jealous. Siri is a clever one, always on the winning team at our family Jeopardy matches. And no one is on top of my schedule as she is. Without fail, the morning of my closest friends’ birthdays, I get a little alert from Siri reminding me to make a phone call. And she will even suggest the nearest store for me to buy a card. I don’t care what the Digital Natives say, an old school birthday card beats a momentary e-card any day.
It’s funny; I used to be able to remember my schedule and my friends’ phone numbers and birthdays myself. Researchers like Neuroscientist Veronique Bohbot at McGill University have been studying this trend and presented her findings at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting in 2010. Using smart phone features like the address book, calendar, and GPS reduces reliance on our hippocampus, the brain structure that controls memory. Just like any other body part, it responds to the “Use it or lose it” motto, reducing in strength and size as we outsource our memory to your digital devises. Maybe the fact that I keep forgetting what day my yoga class meets isn’t just a coincidence after all.
According to Time Magazine’s massive 5000 person poll on American technology use, around 50% of American adults admit to sleeping with their cell phones. This is an enormous percentage which includes about 80% of 18-24 year olds (2012). I can’t imagine what their partners must think, although they are likely consoling themselves by updating their own Twitter status. Considering how intimate you have been with so many people, I would think your Facebook inbox must be flooded with relationship requests by now; I know you’ll get to mine eventually. We truly are in a relationship… but it’s complicated.
Well old friend, it seems that we are evolving even more rapidly than ever before. I think we should keep up these chats to make sure we keep up to date.
P.S., I’ve decided to dedicate a whole day to you on my FB page and website, http://www.TheSittDown.com. I call it Tech Tuesdays! I hope you’ll check it out!