Information overload mashes our minds

"HEY! Remember that time ha ha ha, we were camping, and you tried to ha ha ha, jump the esky on your motorbike?! Haahahaaa!"

Sadly, he couldn't recall the occasion because I'd confused him with someone else; again. I apologised, then shuffled off to embarrass myself in front of some other stranger.

Lately I've been having a lot of discussions with people about things we didn't do together, or recalling conversations we've never had. And I'm bumping into more and more folk who cheerfully greet me by name while I stare blankly back at them and think 'Who the hell are you?'

I would like to blame some sort of medical condition for my poor memory, but apparently I don't have one. I hope.

In desperation, I turned to Doctor Google and found a terrific website that had some excellent mental exercises to improve my memory; if only I could remember the name of that site.

Anyway, while I was searching for it, I found another website that claimed we modern humans are being overwhelmed with so much information each day that we are forced to push stuff out of our brains to make room.

In my case this happens to be people's names, PIN numbers, passwords, and the last known locations of my glasses, car keys and TV remotes.

The expert also stated that many of us no longer take the time and trouble to remember anything any more as we prefer to google it instead. His advice: 'Use It, or Lose It'.

So I googled 'Use it or lose it', but was immediately distracted by an ad for a new motorbike that has my name written all over it.

Or it will have if I buy it, because that's the only way I'm going to remember if the thing's mine or not.

Greg Bray blogs at

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