Cognitive Ability Decline: Digital Dementia

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Cell phone users, I have a few questions to ask to you!

  1. Have you ever said that you left your cell phone and have felt lost?
  2. Do you eat out and text or look at your phone while someone is talking to you?
  3. Is your teenager attached to the cell phone as though it were an other appendage?

Many of us find that the cell phone is a great tool for us for work and personal use.  However, going on vacation or asking a teen to leave his/her phone for even a few minutes can be unbearable to us, because we feel as though we are or have lost communication to that someone or feel as though we are going to miss something very important. A new cognitive condition that is affecting teenagers and 20 year olds:  Digital Dementia.

I ran across an article online that caught my attention, “Digital dementia: The memory problem plaguing teens and young adults”.  I had to open the article immediately, because I have a teen who likes to use the phone for connecting with friends, parents, mostly music.  The study was done in South Korea identifying, “individuals who rely heavily on technology may suffer a deterioration in cognitive abilities such as short-term memory dysfunction.”

What is dementia?

Dementia is the loss of mental functions such as thinking, memory, and reasoning that is severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning.

What is deterioration?

A gradual decline, as in quality, serviceability, or vigor.
What do they mean cognitive abilities?
Cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties are brain-based skills we need to carry out any task from the sim­plest to the most com­plex.  They include perception, attention, memory, motor, language, visual and spatial processing and executive functions.
After reviewing what the real breakdown of digital dementia includes, these are abilities/skills that were challenged often through play, interaction in writing letters to others, engaging in conversation that included depth and perception of what one’s insight would be such as fact and option, compare and contrast, and persuasion.  The need to engage our brains today with all of the technology is most important in order to keep our brains active for many reasons more over health and communication.
To learn about how Digital Dementia can effect our future generation and how we can assist in keeping their brains strong, visit:  Digital Dementia:  The memory problem plaguing teens and young adults.
Read the article about Digital Dementia and give your thoughts about this study.

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9 thoughts on “Cognitive Ability Decline: Digital Dementia

  1. Thanks for posting the link Jewel. I’m heading over to read the study now.

  2. Jewel,
    I was fascinated by your article. It’s rather alarming to think that we might be doing more damage than just losing social skills. I do depend on my smart phone a lot for various tasks. I see that I need to make sure I’m engaging my brain in intellectual stimulation and “brain games” on a daily basis. Thank you so much for you post!

  3. tracynerdymom

    Reblogged this on Nerdy Moms and commented:
    We have enough to deal with daily in our busy, modern lives. Technology should be freeing up our time to strengthen our relationships; instead,it can harm our relationships and even our health if we’re not careful.

  4. Amar Naik

    i am a cell user but never heard of this term. thanks for sharing it. going to write on this topic for one of my UBC days after i do some more research.

  5. Thanks Jewel for an eye opening post! I knew there would be some side effects of the digital age, but it’s pretty scary. It’s up to us as parents to put time limits on our children’s digital activities, but that’s probably easier said then done when your children are in their teens.

    Thank you again Jewel, Maryann

  6. Amazing that my last blog has to do with technology affecting our relationships! And, here, your post is how it affects our brains!! It definitely has its advantages but when it comes to overuse and being addicted to it, problems occur. Isn’t that the rule? Moderation is key! Thank you for placing such emphasis on this topic. I guess the universe is sending us a message!!

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