How to Free Your Mind in a Digital Age


Modern technology is full of benefits and disadvantages. When used properly, it can help people organize their lives and take control of their time. For consumers who either don’t understand the digital tools available to them or don’t use it to their advantage, it can be burdensome. Cluttered inboxes and unorganized lists of friends on social networks can inundate a person with unwanted information. It is the goal of modern technology, however, to allow users to store as much of this information as possible digitally, freeing their minds for other important tasks.

Finding Digital Tools to Store Information

For most users, however, these digital tools offer great advantages. They allow users to remember important data with far more precision than human memory alone. A sampling of digital information organizers the average person has available includes the following:


  • Calendars

  • To-Do Lists

  • Notepads

  • Contact Lists

  • Document Storage


Many of these tools are even available on smartphones. Smartphone market saturation is higher than ever, and a huge percentage of the developed world has a smartphone. One great feature of the Android operating system is widgets, which can put important calendar, contact, and to-do information right on the home screen, so users don’t even have to launch an app to access it.

Contact Information: Avoid the Embarrassment of Forgetting Others

Perhaps the sings most important of these technologies is the digital contact list. There’s nothing more embarrassing than forgetting the name of an acquaintance. Remembering long lists of professional acquaintances, however, can put stress on many people’s minds. Modern business involves making many contacts, and success can hinge on building relationships quickly. Services like FlashBind allow users to store virtual business cards, which can be updated by the contact with their current information.

The contact list is essential for remembering personal information. Professionals have been using tools to keep track of important business contacts for years, but the technology has evolved from old Rolodexes to a digital contact list to smart services like FlashBind where contact information is kept up-to-date automatically. This technology frees users from the pressure of remembering this important data themselves.

The Future of the Contact List

Several Google technologies give us a look at where this technology could go in the future. Google Glass, for instance, has powerful image recognition capabilities built into its camera, and could recognize faces if that weren’t turned off for privacy reasons. In just a few years, however, this technology could automatically identify anyone in a room with us, and feed users information from their social networks profiles, as well as data about interactions they’ve had with the acquaintance. This technology could free our minds even more, releasing us from the need to remember any data at all. This extra mind-space allows us to use more brain power for analyzing and interpreting data, not just storing it.

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