Curated by CLAI
WHERE ARE MY KEYS: The average person misplaces up to 9 items a day, and ⅓ of respondents said they spend an average of 15 minutes each day searching for items—cellphones, keys and paperwork top the list.
- While it can worsen with age, minor memory lapses are the norm for all ages. Stress, fatigue, and multitasking can exacerbate our propensity to make such errors.
- That breakdown can occur in two spots: when we fail to activate our memory and encode what we’re doing—where we put down our keys or glasses—or when we try to retrieve the memory.
- Case in point: You were starving when you walked into the house and deposited your keys. When you then go to look for them later, you’re no longer hungry so the memory may be harder to access.
PUT DOWN THE SMARTPHONE MOM & DAD! In research regarding parents’ mobile device use with 1,000 children, the language that came up repeatedly was was “sad, mad, angry and lonely.” One 4-year-old called his dad’s smartphone a “stupid phone.” Others recalled joyfully throwing their parent’s phone into the toilet, putting it in the oven or hiding it. There was one girl who said, “I feel like I’m just boring. I’m boring my dad because he will take any text, any call, anytime — even on the ski lift!”