In addition, these norms have withstood the test of time and have proven their resilience in ways that are not obvious. You would not want to be the first person to fly in a car/plane hybrid, for example, because you wouldn’t know how safe such a vehicle is. Something that’s been around has proven its relative security. Bitcoin, in a sense, has the world’s richest bug bounty to reveal any security flaws. As a result, Bitcoin has proven its security with the only thing that can really test it: time. Every other coin is much younger and/or has proven to be less secure.
To, Jason Chein, the head of Temple University’s Neurocognition Lab, one of the strongest findings in the literature thus far is in how devices manipulate our memory, even beyond the distraction we usually assume with multitasking. Steve Jobs liked to say that a computer would be like a “bicycle for the mind,” but it turns out, in many cases, it’s more like a drone: rather than amplifying the way we think, it does the thinking for us. And this is a problem if you’re trying to get better at some cognitive skill. This can be seen in GPS: when you’re using Google Maps to guide you around places, you build a worse mental map than if you were navigating by landmarks. In a 2013 paper, people who walked around a museum with a camera taking pictures of art had worse recall of details of the objects and their locations than people who observed them device free. Similarly, a 2011 paper with the ominous title “Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips” found that when people are asked difficult questions, they’re more likely to think about how they could access it than recall the information itself. “The Internet has become a primary form of external or transactive memory, where information is stored collectively outside ourselves,” the authors wrote.