By Vernalee
information technologyYes, technology via my cell phone and other gadgets has eliminated facets of my memory. I confess! I came to the realization of this very fact last week. My 90 year old Mother can rattle off dates, addresses, and phone numbers from her head. I cannot any more. Holy cow! How did it happen? Let’s see! Without question, my Mother is wise and brilliant! DING! DING! Added to that fact, Mother relies on her mind to provide the answers. I rely on retrieval of numbers, addresses, and other pertinent information that have been stored in my cell phone and other apparatuses. You see, I convinced myself years ago that I would only use my mind when necessary. Why carry around information in my head when I can pull it up on the computer? Right? And just like everything else when you don’t use it, rust consumes it! Now, unfortunately, I don’t know any of the simple stuff! Technically, I pushed the delete key. It is no wonder that the Internet has become the brain’s “external hard drive.” Amazing, I’ll say. I didn’t realize the severity of my lapse of memory until my Mother gingerly and intelligently told my sister that she had not turned 70 yet, because she was born on a Saturday at 12:38 p.m., July 28, 1945. Impressed, my gravely ill sister cracked a smile; we all did! Go girl! I mean Go Momma…what a computer mind you have! You can run circles around most of us without showing off! Surprisingly, we – inclusive of the younger generation – have more senior moments than you! Which brings me to these questions. Would I be lost without my Ipad and cell phone? Do I need to be retrained? Yes! So, it is an accurate statement that I have become spoiled and incessantly reliant upon technology. What about you?
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