We are now outsourcing some of our cognition to our devices. For instance, we don’t store the phone numbers of our friends in our brain – we store it in our external cortex – the harddrive of a phone. We also don’t store all facts in our brain, we can now access it on the internet. Is this a good or bad thing?

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We are now outsourcing some of our cognition to our devices. For instance, we don’t store the phone numbers of our friends in our brain – we store it in our external cortex – the harddrive of a phone. We also don’t store all facts in our brain, we can now access it on the internet. Is this a good or bad thing?

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  1. I think it can be both good and bad. If you aren’t using certain parts of your brain all of the time, you may start to lose some of your working memory. It can be handy having a device to store a lot of information but sometimes we can become too reliant on it. Also, what happens when we don’t have our phones on us and we can’t remember certain important information (such as a loved ones phone number)?

  2. I think the brain is quite efficient so remembering a few phone numbers or keeping a few facts in our brain that are important to us will not do it any harm. I think having a phone and the internet gives us a choice now which we can take or leave.

  3. Both, it is a good thing that we are able to extend our memory with more reliable forms of memory. However we should be mindful that we continue to train the parts of our brain responsible for memory for it to remain effective.