The March 12 edition of Time magazine has an article on ten ideas that are changing our lives. One idea has to do with the amount of information we take in on any given day. According to the article, “Each day, the average American spends about 12 hours consuming information, taking in more than 100,000 words that total 34 gigabytes of data.” Whew! One point of the article is that we can only cram so much information into our heads before it begins to leak out, and more and more we are relying on the Internet to “store” our memory. All we have to remember is where we put the information or where we can find it when we need to retrieve it again. Because of this, the article continues, we aren’t even trying to remember because we don’t have to. Our “memory” is stored, not in our heads, but somewhere in cyberspace.
I am so glad to hear that because my memory is like a sieve and has been for a long time. I don’t think I can possibly remember One. More. Thing. At least not any new thing. My problem is more complicated, though. I can’t remember old things either. Is there a place online that I can store memories before they become too old, like in five minutes, so I can retrieve them when I need to? Just think how much easier life would become:
Hubby: “Honey, where did you put that check I asked you to deposit?”
Me: “Darned if I know. Why don’t you check the Internet?”