So the other day I read this article from Aeon, and it got me thinking… Being quite the nerd I have already read a lot about memory palaces, the method of loci etc. and used these for various purposes before. This article however gave me an idea: What if I use this “memory walk” technique to teach my little brother (9) about the broader strokes of world history? Just as the natives in the article did, by encoding history in the form of images and placing them around in the landscape around our house. Great!
A seemingly endless stream of interruptions from my smartphone and computer; e-mail, various social networks etc. keep making my attention span shorter. To counter this I recently bought a feature phone (dumb phone) to use when I feel like it. It was bought in Lithuania and mad by some (presumably) Russian company; that the keyboard has both Cyrillic and Latin letters. What has become apparent to me as time has gone by is that the notifications, the plings and plongs that constantly surround us would have been called interruptions just a few years ago.
They are not anymore however… That is not to say that our smart-devices only do us harm and that they should be shunned from our lives, but simply that it’s wise to consider their effect on us ad moderate our use accordingly.