Sometimes I suspect people wouldn’t know how to use the toilet these days if they didn’t have an app for it.
I’m kidding, of course (OK, maybe not entirely). But it’s getting a little ridiculous seeing people bury their faces in their phones 24/7.
And that’s especially true when you consider some of the REAL health risks of the digital age, like:
- TECH NECK, or when craning over the phone, causes neck and back pain.
- SLEEP LOSS, or how the glow of the screen blows up your circadian rhythm and fools your brain into thinking it’s always daytime.
- VISION LOSS, as studies link the overuse of smartphones to macular degeneration.
And don’t even get me started about radiation and 5G. But now, you can add one more risk to the list. MEMORY LOSS.
Yes, my friend, your brain could be like your phone’s battery… running out of juice. But new research reveals one ridiculously simple way to power it back up again.
Ditch the digital to make it stick
Want to save your own brain, enhance your memory, and make sure you REALLY remember the important stuff?
Well, then do yourself a favor right now. Pick up a PAD of paper and a PEN.
In fact, you might want to stop reading for a moment and go grab one right now. Because I have a hunch, you’ll want to take some notes on this.
My mother always told me that those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. So I will admit I have a smartphone. And I own a tablet. Plus, I’m typing this letter on a PC.
In other words, I’m a little guilty of tech overload myself. But if you were to visit me, you’d also find I have a notebook and a pen handy in just about every room of the house. And I own enough Post-It notes to build a nest out of them.
Because I’ve found that when it’s time to knuckle down and learn something… like the important medical news I track for you every day… writing it helps cement it in my brain. It makes a memory stick.
I understand it better. I remember it better. And I can explain it better to you later on. Digital things just don’t stick as well. And now I know that’s not just true for me.
A new study finds the brain is pretty much BUILT for this “old-fashioned” way of doing things.
Pad and Pen Method for memory enhancement
In a series of experiments, volunteers were asked to read and take notes on a fictional conversation. The two characters in the scenario were making plans for the coming months.
Some of the participants were asked to write notes down, pen on paper. Some were given a smartphone. And some used a tablet.
They weren’t told to memorize anything. Just note it down as if they were keeping track on a calendar or a schedule for planning purposes.
Afterward, the volunteers were distracted for an hour with other stuff. And then they were asked some questions about the fictional plans they’d taken notes on.
The ones who did it digitally were left practically lost. But the ones who wrote it down? Well, they were so on top of things they may as well have been Julie, the Cruise Director from Love Boat.
The pen and paper volunteers not only answered certain types of test questions better, but they also aced neurological tests. In fact, their MRIs lit up like Christmas trees.
They had significantly more brain activity during the process than their digital peers. And that activity was seen especially in the key regions needed for language and imaginary visualization and in the hippocampus, which is crucial to memory and navigation.
In other words, the old “brain battery” was juiced up and running at nearly 100 percent.
It turns out writing stuff down helps on two levels. It…
- helps you remember
- keeps your brain firing on all the cylinders needed for long-term health
So sure, smartphones and tablets are convenient. But do yourself and your brain a favor. Don’t ever forget the power of a pad and pen.
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