How do you feel about the saying "If you don't use it, you lose it?"

@kgwat70 (13398)
United States
January 14, 2007 9:57am CST
If you do not use something for a long time, do you forget how to do it or use it? I hear a lot of people say that they do not remember how to do things if they do not use them for a long time. I know that I have this problem sometimes myself. I need to use or do things frequently to be able to retain it. What is your opinion about this statement?
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@estherlou (5026)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I would think you would get a little rusty from lack of doing it. The common one is "it's like riding a bicycle, you never forget how". Well, at my age, I'll bet it wouldn't be easy to get back on a bicycle! LOL Anyway...my biggest problem is some of the multiplication tables. There are a couple that I have to really think about to get to come back to me, and sometimes I just have to get out the trusty calculator. I think that comes from not using them and using the calculator all these years! Do kids even have to learn the multiplication tables anymore?
@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Being able to do math work is the biggest one that I hear from people at my job. The students are always telling me that they do not remember how to do fractions and division and decimals and other math problems. I think basic math is still important, like adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying. The other math problems are more for math teachers or accountants or anyone dealing with equations. I wonder if I remember how to ride a bicycle. :-)
@oneelf (175)
• Russian Federation
17 Jan 07
yes, that's right. And I can say it's exactly about languages. To remember language you must use it..at least a bit. Such a pity but people's memory is such. Though there some methods to remember very long time or nearly always. For example, when you associate what you remember with something. Then when you want to remember it you first will rememebr this association and then this thing
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@villageanne (8579)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Oh yes, I think that when it comes to knowledge, we do loose it if we don't use it. I think as we age (not necessarily old but older) we dont absorb as much knowledge as we did when we were younger. I also believe that that knowlede will return if we sharpen our skills a bit. They knowledge also applies to our talents or skills. We have to sharpen them from time to time to keep that skill intact in our brains.
• United States
16 Jan 07
It is pretty true with most things. If it has something to do physically, you just get rusty at it. If it is something using our brains, we may forget it for sure. I must do something over and over to retain it too. Good post again.
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@freesoul (3024)
• Egypt
16 Jan 07
yes I believe it's true for most intellectual activities or things that depends on the conscious memory, i find it hard to remember how to do things that I haven't done in a long time. and it's also correct with languages, if you learn a foreign language and you stop using it you will forget most of the words and will find it hard to speak with it when you are in a situation that requires it. it did happen to me and took me a long time to get it back, you seems to recognize the words you hear but can't remember the meanings and you want to say something but the words are at the tip of your tongue but can't go out.. we need to use our skills from time to time not to forget it but there are things like riding a bicycle, swimming, driving , etc that they say people can never forget but they are more physical reflexes than intellectual activities.
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• United States
16 Jan 07
I agree with it somewhat. I know my handwriting isn't as good as it used to be because I don't write as much now that I am not in school. Then of course I am a bit afraid I forgot how to drive since its been so long as I really have drove, I know though once I get behind the wheel and go I'll be fine. Its just that little fear in the back of my head. So I think its true...to a degree.
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