Programming ruining my memory?

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Over the past few months I've been successively spending more and more time working on developing a computer game. Now, it was hardly noticeable at the beginning, but as time has gone on, I've been having more and more trouble remembering things. Sometimes it's in my every day life, like, I forget where I'm going, but more often than not, I'll be working, and I'll switch between two files, and then completely forget why I did or what I'm doing in the new file.

Has anyone had this problem? Or do I just have a case of programmer's-island-fever?

Focus, not Memory (Score: 5, Interesting)

by on 2014-05-03 22:30 (#1BV)

It's not a question of losing your memory. It's a question of focus. Getting into "the programmer mindset" means you empty your mind of everything else and pull in lots of information around the problem area you're working on. Documentation about function calls, specifics about the problem you're trying to solve, locations of files and bits of code, etc. People who are really good at programming can do this very well, and it helps them visualize the problem area. It's not that you're losing your memory, you're just using it for something else. Humans only have a finite amount of RAM.
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