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I always thought it was natural for me not to have a strong memory. I’d walk into a room looking for something and walk out only to realize I never happened to check for what I was looking for. If there were a poster boy for someone who forgets where he put his keys, his phone and his wallet, I would be him!
To make things worse, I suffered from slight dyslexia, mostly with my spelling. Even some of the simplest words would slip from my memory. Trying to take an Irish test while spelling phonetically is a bad idea; it’s probably why I failed the subject. I had a great childhood and have great memories, but trying to remember them is like trying to remember a dream after you awake. “What was wrong with me?” I never asked that question because I didn’t know better. What I knew was playing video games for half a day and watching hours of T.V. When we got our first family PC, it became hours of that too. If you ask me what my favorite TV shows were when I was 9 or 10, I can tell you straight off, but ask me what year of school I was in and it might take me a while. To try and read a book was “like trying to read a Chinese newspaper.”
I would read five words and I would start to feel sleepy. My attention span was more scattered than the sunny days we get in Ireland. Sometimes I would be playing video games, listening to music, downloading on my laptop, surfing MSN and texting on my phone all at once—and to think I thought I was productive. I use to give my brain working memory overload all the time, in addition to the fact that my brain was wired to be scattered, making it impossible for me to focus on anything for a given length of time. I am a true child of the digital age, but being born into this age has left me with many defects. Not only that my diet was musty chips, ham sandwiches, cereal, and sugary snacks I was depriving my brain of the right nutrition stopping my self from being able to concentrate, remember and process new information at an optimum level. Not only that but I was never told the right Memory Skills that could enhance my methods of learning new information.
Most of us from the onset of our school lives are never told this information that I am going to share with you. You might get a few statements like eat a good meal, get a good sleep, and stop sitting to close to the tv, but never told why. Efficient studying and learning is something that can only be done in a distraction-free environment with the right brain foods, using the right mediums to learn off and with the right beliefs. As years go by, distractions are becoming so normal that even now I bet most of you reading this may have checked your phone, replied to a Facebook message, listened to your iPod or had the television on.Distractions have become the new normal. Most people don’t have the ability to be alone with themselves in silence without feeling anxious. These new technologies that we interact with on a daily basis do, though we might not like to admit it, rewire our brains on a neurological level. The mediums through which we receive our information also change the way in which our brain interprets it.
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