As I watched the movie UP I got a kick out of the dog, Dug. Dug could speak but his flaw was that in the middle of a conversation with you, if a squirrel darted in his line of sight, he completely forgot what he was saying to you. So the conversation would go something like this, “Hi, I am Dug. I love to play… Squirrel…Hi I am Dug, I love to play”. Literally the dog could not remember what he had been just talking about.
Well the scary thing is the new report on how the internet is affecting our brain and thinking similar to Dug. Literally the link from your working memory to your long-term memory is getting overloaded. Why is this so important?
Your working memory is the part of your brain that takes in information and sorts it out. It is small in size and can easily get overloaded. Think of it like a 1 GB flash drive. Once it’s full nothing else goes in unless you empty something out. What information makes it past the sorter in your working memory then gets moved to your long-term memory? Your long-term memory is infinite- it has no storage capacity. Think of your long-term memory like a huge data storage center that goes farther than your eye can see. The more you can get in to your memory box, the better ability you have to connect things in new ways, be innovative and get incredible insights. But the information has to move from the short-term working memory to the long-term memory for those benefits to pay off.
With the internet they are finding your brain is actually distracted by the hyperlinks and pictures. Literally, with each hyperlink you see, your brain checks out of what you are looking at to try to think “Do I want to click on that or not?” This dual thinking stops your brain from completely processing what you are reading. Your comprehension goes down dramatically. At the same time all this extraneous information either has to come in to your working memory or be tossed on the floor.
So what is the implication of this long-term for business?
1. More Tactical Thinking From People– It means the thinking of your team is getting more and more distracted. They have less ability to pull in knowledge from the past and utilize it in future decision-making because that past knowledge is not transferring from the working memory to the long-term memory. Instead it is spilling out on to the floor where it is lost forever. Therefore, they will resort to more tactical “task” type thinking.
2. Higher Number of Repeated Errors– If the brain can’t learn from what just happened and store that learning long-term, it simply vanishes. This means that people will be like gerbils on a wheel repeating the same cycle of errors over and over again.
3. Ability to Grow Experts in Your Organization Diminishes- Expertise comes, not from having the most book knowledge, but rather by the ability of the person to have so much knowledge in their long-term memory and an expanded short term memory so they can instantly see a problem, and intuitively reach back in their brain to know how to handle it. If your team isn’t transferring their knowledge through from their short-term memory to their long-term memory, you will end up with a lot of 1 GB sticks which will never be as powerful as one 500 GB stick.
Outcome Thinking® Training shows leaders how to think differently.
Take YOUR next step!
Watch this Webinar on how to change your thinking!
Which are YOU; A Hedgehog or a Fox? Learn the Hidden Implications of Your Decisions!
What if you could state your ideas in such a way that people jumped on the band wagon and took action on them?
Interesting, but I can see what you are talking about. I find myself distracted and really have to concentrate on the task at hand when working on my computer – especially on social networks. Your take on this reminds me of the movie Idiocracy where Luke Wilson’s character wakes up 500 years in the future and according to Wikipedia: They discover that the world has degenerated into a dystopia where advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism run rampant and dysgenic pressure has resulted in a uniformly stupid human society devoid of individual responsibility or consequences. I imagine your seminars really help. Thanks for sharing this. Oops and I found this on Facebook while looking though my stream. Goes to show.
Hi, I stumbled across your blog through Google and just wanted to say that I really like it. I’ll definitely be bookmarking it!
I completely agree with everything in this post. keep up the good work
Hey, great blog!. How do I subscribe to your RSS feed to ensure I get notifed when you make new posts? Thanks
Muchos Gracias for your article. Great.
If in doubt, make it sound convincing.
nice post. thanks.
Good dispatch and this mail helped me alot in my college assignement. Thanks you on your information.
Can I make a suggestion? I think youve got something good here. But what if you added a couple links to a page that backs up what youre saying? Or maybe you could give us something to look at, something that would connect what youre saying to something tangible? Just a suggestion.
Cheers for this blog post. Running a blog may not be easy and that is why you should take care and try to post regularly to keep visitors coming to your blog. Allowing your users to comment on your blog is also a good thing, as it gets them more involved.
Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need, thank you for this.
thanks for the post. I am very happy to read this post. . . . .
Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.
Thanks for posting this info. I just want to let you know that I just check out your site and I find it very interesting and informative. I can’t wait to read lots of your posts. . . .
I really like your content pieces on the site but the Rss has some XML issues that you really need to have a look at. Awesome site nevertheless!
While we are writing about Corporate Leadership Development and the Brain Drain- Are We All Turning Into Doug the Dog in UP?, To have all your staff in a uniform clothing branded with the corporate identity not only gives a completely professional and polished image, but will promote your branding everywhere the staff are seen.
Awesome Idea! When i had been only thinking that there is significantly absolutely wrong facts about this area of interest probably you specifically modified my husband and my advice. Really liked reading a pleasurable piece of content.
Keep up the amazing work!! I love how you wrote this and I also like the colors here on this site. did you create this yourself or did you outsource it to a coder??
You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and hardly found any specific details on other sites, but then great to be here, seriously, thanks…
Excellent blog post! I like your site, is it ok to try it for syndication?
I will visit your blog frequently for some latest info.
Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.
Thanks for taking the time to write that. I found it very interesting. If you get a chance you should visit my blog as well. I hope you have a great day!
Not sure I get this, but good stuff either way.
Really great, practicly explained and useful tips.
Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with extra information? It is extremely useful for me.
I enjoyed reading this, You must have a Facebook group for your site?
While we’re on the subject of Corporate Leadership Development and the Brain Drain- Are We All Turning Into Doug the Dog in UP?, to design and develop a website, several companies of website designing can be found on the internet, but the trick here is to choose appropriate company.
Given that we’re speaking about things in the region of Corporate Leadership Development and the Brain Drain- Are We All Turning Into Doug the Dog in UP?, Before you begin looking for company to help you design and build your web site, take the time to understand the goals of your web site. This will be extremely important to help set expectations with the web design company you choose.
Thank you so much for this valuable information. Very useful indeed. . . . .
Hello, I need to know, would you like your url to be written with the www or not? I really want to link back to your site, but I don’t know whether www is required.
This has truly sparked up an concept in my brain. That is a great website submit.
I’m grateful for you because of this fantastic information. You definitely did make my day :
Mind-blowing! This amazing is all I can mention regarding a page like this kind of. This specific is extremely a totally helpful write-up. You should certainly know a lot about this specific
A definitely great submit by you my friend. We have bookmarked this page and will occur back following several days to verify for any new posts that you just make.
Remarkable article which has obtained me considering in regards to the prospective of the idea. Truly truly awesome.
This is a subject near to my heart thanks, do you have a RSS feed ?
The content on this submit is really a single of the top material that We have ever arrive across. I love your publish, I’ll appear back to verify for new posts.
Astounding Page! My spouse and i had been simply thinking about that there’s such a lot of erroneous help and advice within the idea you now obviously improved my personal guidance. Nice one for an excellent stuff.
There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up.
Hi there, I found your blog via Google while searching for first aid for a heart attack and your post looks very interesting for me.
Thanks for the read, I will bookmark it and come back later to check out some of your other posts =)
Good to get visiting your weblog once again, it has been months for me. Properly this posting that i’ve been waited for so extensive. I need this article to full my assignment within the college, and it has same topic together with your post.
Enjoyed every bit of your article post.Much thanks again. Will read on…
Yikes this really takes me back, are you on twitter?
Things have unquestionably advanced in the past month or two regarding eReaders. In the past names like Sony with their ebook reader were the principle competitors but then arrived Amazon aided by the Kindle and subsequently, Apple inc with the exquisite ipad tablet. The growth of the gadget is in my mind fueled through the development of the e-book products themselves – these days there are several thousand quality books on the market that are suitable for a good number of brands. I finished up purchasing a Kindle machine considering the price of the apple ipads at present are beyond reach, like i said previously, Amazon have grabbed this market by way of the neck and dramatically decreased their price tags in order to be competitive, we as shoppers need to take advantage don’t we!
In theory I’ d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done.
Hi, i’ve been browsing around your blog and it seem really really neat. I’m making a family blog and struggling to make it look great. How hard was it to create your blog? Could someone like me, an amateur do that? I really wanna to make something like this. Just wanna tell u your home page seem broken when I browse using Mozilla.
I am an MBA student and looking for a questionnaire (sample) to study impression management in offices. Would anyone help me with a sample, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org thanks!
Thanks for the sharing really usefull. I would like to bookmark this site.
Great post! I have been looking for some info on this lately. This was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for Posting!
I thought it was going to be some boring old site, but I’m glad I visited. I will post a link to this page on my blog. I am sure my visitors will find that very useful.
I’d just like to tell you how much I learn from your blogs Tweeted u.Hope 2 be back soon for some more good articles
I will definately post a link to this page on my site. I’m sure my followers will find this article really great.
Thank you… I’m going to add this to my favorites. If I may ask, what got you started into blogging? To be honest I’ve just been catching on to this hobbie and it’s really begun to inspire me to start a blog of my own. I’ve tried but nothing that serious has occured as of yet. You seem established, hints would be appreciated…
Keep posting stuff like this i really like it
Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.
Hello,guys,your blog is really great! I like it.
Took me moment in time toward think about all of the comments, however I actually enjoyed the article. It proved being in fact ready to lend a hand to me and I am optimistic to every the commenters here! It’s usually nice whenever you can not just be informed, but in adding entertained! I am constructive you had pleasurable writing this write-up.
This write-up provides the light by which we are able to observe the actuality. this is very nice 1 and provides in depth information. thanks for this nice write-up.
I have been just analyzing this page it is very well crafted, I am searching on the net looking for exactly how to begin this blog site thing and your site is almost certainly quite high quality.
This is a really well done site, good job and I am glad that I came across it.
Glorious data here. This interesting post made me smile. Possibly should you throw in a few pictures it would make the entire thing extra interesting. Anyway, in my language, there usually are not much good supply like this.
Hiya there, I encountered your world wide web log
I’ve recently started a blog, the information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time and work.
I have to say, while looking through hundreds of blogs daily, the theme of this blog is different (for all the proper reasons). If you do not mind me asking, what’s the name of this theme or would it be a especially designed affair? It’s significantly better compared to the themes I use for some of my blogs
Thankyou, just what I was looking for.
Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.
Finally, an issue that I am passionate about. I have looked for information of this caliber for the last several hours. Your site is greatly appreciated.