There is a lot of discussion today about how our children are growing up in a world where high technology is simply part of life and lifestyle. I even read an article about how people are evolving because of the availability of information; evolving to the point where we no longer store and retrieve information, but store information on how to get information. The article cited an example of someone who couldn’t recall the name of an actress in a movie they had seen, so the immediate response was to search for the answer on Google. In the past, people relied upon memory, and found various ways to mentally associate and store information so it was able to be recalled. Now, there’s an app for that.
Are we losing our ability to effectively store and recall information? Are we forgetting how to do things before we had all this technology to help us? It makes you wonder sometimes, how technology-dependent we are. We look at the ruins of past civilizations and view seemingly impossible structures, (impossible given what we know about the technology available at the time) and wonder how they came to be. The knowledge was there at some point, but is now lost.