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Too much information

Too much information

By Law Institute Journal

Communication Opinions 


You must remember this … Many of WADR’s loyal readers probably think that these days it is no longer important to have a good memory. With smartphones, Google searches and Wikipedia, why bother trying to remember things or even bother to develop a reasonable general knowledge? Within seconds you can locate everything from your partner’s birthday (oops, nearly forgot again) to the fascinating details of the Anglo-Zanzibar War, which lasted 38 minutes. However, it is a little scary to think that if the internet is destroyed and our mobile phones die many of us would be left shuffling around the streets in a daze, wondering who we are, where we live and asking random strangers, “who won MasterChef?” The thing is, in some ways we actually have to remember more information nowadays, much of it mundane but vital to our daily lives. Think passwords and pin numbers. Your correspondent has worked out that I have more than 25 passwords and pin numbers linked to bank and credit cards, utilities, electronic devices, websites and streaming services. Because I follow the advice that you should never use the same password and pin twice and never write them down where they could be copied, a simple brain fade can be disastrous. If you base a pin number on say, your mother’s birthday, you have to remember the first number to get to the second.

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