Internet Browsing and exchanging E-mails can enhance Memory

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 14, 2014

If someone had to be hanged for stabbing technology in the back, it is us humans of the 21st century. At one instance, we talk about it like it were a curse of an endless torturous journey and then we also talk about it like it were the best gift we could be given. Hypocrisy will remain undead. So, here is another gift of glory that technology is presenting us with: a boost in memory. A recent study has said that web browsing as well as exchanging e-mails can boost one’s memory.

internet surfing benefitsThe ability to engage, plan and execute actions like exchanging emails and browsing can improve memory. The team of researchers was led by Andre Junqueira Xavier at the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina in Brazil found that there was a link between digital literacy and reduction in cognitive decline.

The study, which was drawn from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, followed 6, 442 participants in the UK between the age group of 50 and 80 for at least 8 years. The data had measured delayed recall from a 10-word-list learning task across 5 different measurement points.

The researchers found that the more wealth, education as well as digital literacy that a person had, the more improved his/her delayed recall was. However, those people who suffered from functional impairment, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, depressive symptoms or lack of digital literacy showed a decline in delayed recall.

Researchers found that digital literacy can increase the brain as well as cognitive reserve and lead to employment of more efficient cognitive networks so as to delay cognitive decline. The authors concluded that those countries where the policy interventions with regards to improvement in digital literacy are implemented may expect lower incidence rates for dementia over the future generations.

The study was published in The Journal of Gerontology, Series A: Medical Sciences.

Article source: Times of India
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