Updating My Operating System (Er, My Brain)

Sometimes I feel like my brain is in my hands instead of my head where it should be. 

Like most of the population, I’ve grown very attached to smart technology. To a great extent, I trust these devices to store, process, and make information available when I need it. That’s not an unreasonable expectation. That’s their intended function. However, an issue lies with me, in that I have allowed my intended function — my natural intelligence — to be greatly reduced.

Does that make me brain dead?

When I was a kid, my parents made sure that I’d memorized our home address, our home phone number, their respective work numbers, my social security number, and a few emergency contact phone numbers. 

These days I still know my parents’ phone numbers, as well as those of my younger brother and boyfriend. I’ve memorized my home and work address, my work and mobile number, but I’d be hard-pressed to know the same of my friends off the top of my head. 

A month or so ago, I was visiting my sister and we reminisced over photo albums from our teenaged days. As we went through them, I felt myself struggling to piece together certain places and times and faces. Thankfully she could remember them for me, but I was surprised that whole parts of my life had pushed back to the point of nearly being forgotten completely. 

I can’t help but wonder how much more I may have tuned out and forgotten by letting technology do the thinking for me. Will I, too, be forgotten in the process?

Exactly how much I have underused my brain? How many times have I been so focused on documenting the perfect moment instead of fully absorbing the feeling, or taking in an image through my eyes, developing it with my very own operating system? 

I was born with the most complex technology available, surely the most priceless. It’s time to use it. All else is merely supplemental.

Which came first: the human brain, or smart device? 

I know the answer — do you?

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3 thoughts on “Updating My Operating System (Er, My Brain)

  1. Janice Wilson

    This is a modern conundrum. How much should we allow the technology available to supply answers to questions we used to try and figure out using our own “smarts.” On the one hand it’s so easy to “google” and it seems reasonable to take advantage of these tech short cuts. But most thinking people are aware that something important is being lost when we use them to extreme. You’re so right in your comment that our human brains are the most complex technology of all because we are wired for so many functions, thoughts , feelings and just our awareness sets us apart from our computers and tech play. I agree with you again that being able to record a moment is not the same as “being in the moment” and truly experiencing “the moment” is what we have to try and reclaim.

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    1. Linds Post author

      This conundrum is particularly unique because, unlike the advent of television and video games, smart technology is much more encompassing, in an attempt to keep life streamlined and in order, as it were. It is just so interesting.

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