How to make a web archive of your memories of childhood
New research is shedding light on how the internet has made memories available for download.
The internet has helped millions of people with memory loss and dementia recover and even bring people together, said Dr Claire Boudreau from the University of Exeter.
It’s been a massive breakthrough, with more than 30 million people using online memory banks to store their own memories of the past.
“We know that people have memories that they can’t get rid of because they’ve gone through a period of isolation and they’ve lost contact with family and friends,” Dr Boudenburg said.
“And that has a huge impact on their quality of life and that can lead to dementia.”
The internet is a place that’s accessible to everyone, not just those who have a computer or are tech savvy.
“If you want to have a good memory, you need to know what you’ve got, you’ve gotta remember what you remember, that’s it.”
There’s a whole world of information out there, it’s just a matter of getting that information out to people.
“Dr Boudreson said the internet could also be a powerful way to make people more open about their lives, and provide people with a shared identity.”
When you have people who are more open and transparent with each other, that is really powerful,” she said.