As with all things body and mind, if you don't use it, you lose it. The transition from paper and pen to laptop is a change in cognition - gaining something, losing something else. But this new way of thinking - through technology - also can lead to diversion, distraction, compulsion. So easy to goof off. Resulting in diminished cognition.

These trends will continue, relying more and more on our technology and less and less on our bodies. It will inevitably and fundamentally change us in major ways. Over time - but you can see it happening already. Some people have lost all sense of direction thanks to GPS.

The solution of course is to exercise the very skills technology is turning obsolete - navigation, sense of time, memory of numbers and addresses, recall of facts, focused attention, etc. Hard work, though, rite?

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