Welcome to the Daily Spark. Short daily blogs with musings, experiences, tips, links or general knowledge to help #IgniteYourSpark.
Welcome to Day 5 of the Daily Spark. This will be a daily journal, so to speak, from the world of SparkHub. We will bring to you in-house and guest blogs that cover a wide range of topics, tips, tricks, daily experiences or just a thought-provoking idea to help #IgniteYourSpark.
Today’s Spark is brought to you by SparkHub founder and chief igniter, Sara.
I noticed something really worrying about myself about 6 or 7 years ago. Something I had never had to deal with in my life before. Something that seemed to happen over night…
I was becoming extremely forgetful. I was having to write almost every single thing down if I wanted any hope of remembering it. I lost a good job at the time purely due to forgetting to submit some very important budget documents.
It was only a few years later, when my husband was reading a book called The Glass Cage, that I found a correlation (and realised I didn’t in fact have that brain tumour us hypochondriacs are prone to inventing). It was in this book, as well as another by the same author The Shallows, where very significant connections were made between our use of technology, specifically smart and automated tech, and the depreciation of certain brain functions. For example, there is a very real concern that the overuse of sat nav and Google Maps is eroding the part of our brain responsible for memory. They’re asserting plausible links between this and the possible early onset of dementia.
It hit me like a tonne of bricks. My failing short term memory started almost within months of getting my first iPhone. It was a frightening realisation. The worst part, I now realise that said smartphone has become something of an addiction. It is only in recent months I have been developing the will power to turn it off at night, put it down at the dinner table and leave it in the next room while playing with my daughter – the most important change! It was effectively beginning to play a starring role in most of these moments. As much as I loved spending time with Emily, I would almost feel as though I was “missing something” if I didn’t have my phone in easy reach.
My time with her since (and yes, I still slip up occasionally) is of such a higher quality. I’m 100% there, involved. It saddens me to think back to moments I may have lost when the phone was hanging around. But I live not in regret, only in the what-can-I-do-now-to-make-this-moment-the-best-it-can-be.
Switch off, detox, do it!