Digital dementia: The memory problem plaguing teens and young adults

Digital dementia: The memory problem plaguing teens and young adults

Digital Dementia Plaguing Young AdultsDementia is a disease that typically affects the elderly.  But recently, a new cognitive condition has been discovered that is afflicting people in their teens and 20s.

It’s called “digital dementia.”

A recent study from South Korea found that individuals who rely heavily on technology may suffer a deterioration in cognitive abilities such as short term memory dysfunction.

Dr. Carolyn Brockington from St. Luke’s Roosevelt Medical Center in New York City sat down with Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor for FoxNews.com, to talk about this new phenomenon.  She said one of the reasons younger adults are suffering from poor memory is because they don’t feel the need to memorize information anymore.

“The problem is that we’re using technology, which is good, but we’re overusing in many ways,” Brockington said.  “We’re not relying on our brains to sort of retrieve the information when we need it.”

While elderly dementia is typically a permanent condition, Brockington said that’s not necessarily the case with digital dementia.  However, she said these kind of memory issues could affect future generations.

Full story of digital dementia at Fox News

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