HYPOTHESISThis thesis presents the hypothesis that theexternal memory created by social networkingsites and other forms of digital recording incyberspace may have negative consequences forour personal and professional advancement.
HYPOTHESISThe high level of detail with which siteslike facebook record events interferes withour natural ability to forget, suggestingthat a need exists for digital forgetfulness.In contrast to widely accepted notions of thedesirability for legacy through photographicand text-based documentation, being ableto quickly surpass every detail of a difficultexperience, can be ultimately advisable forpersonal and social betterment.
HYPOTHESISUnderstanding the role of human memory inpersonal development might provide anexplanation for how digital archiving hindersthe natural process of letting go. This inturn could lead to a solution that wouldrestore the ability to forget every detail ofpast experiences.
What is human mEmORY?mem•o•ry (mm-r)n. pl. mem•o•riesthe faculty by which the mind storesand remembers information
Long Term Memory Short TermSensory MemoryMemory
Procedural Memory Long Term Memory Declarative Memory Short TermSensory MemoryMemory
Procedural Memory Long Term Memory Semantic Memory Declarative Memory Episodic Memory Short TermSensory MemoryMemory
from ANALOG to DIGITAL a shift in external memory“By eliminating noise, the incremental forgettinginherent in analog technology, the notion oforiginals and copies is rapidly becoming anoutdated concept.”-from Delete: The Virtue ofForgetting in the Digital Age
FORGETTING“Today, with the help of widespreadtechnology, forgetting has becomethe exception, and remembering thedefault” -from Delete: The Virtue ofForgetting in the Digital Age