Is tech killing our pupils’ memories?

Jared Cooney Horvath considers if greater automation is having a detrimental effect on students’ powers of recall

Is tech killing our pupils' memories?

Here’s a question that will only work for readers of a certain age: what was your childhood telephone number? Chances are you had no problem rattling that off, despite not having dialled those digits in decades.

Now try this: what is your current partner’s mobile phone number? Chances are you have no clue, despite possibly having texted them dozens of times in the past 24 hours.

Surely this is a sign that technology is killing memory, right?

Not so fast. If technology were killing memory, then why can we remember our childhood phone number? Shouldn’t that have faded away with the eroding ...

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