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« on: February 20, 2013, 03:38:58 PM »

Now that cellphones are embedded into everyday life I've come to the realization that I no longer memorize numbers.  Phone numbers I know of the top of my head


My mom
My home
My Work
My Cell
My Bestfriend


That's it. 

My sister .. nope
My brother.. nope

Various friends and extended family nope

Should this be concerning?  I've become vary anal about backing up my iPhone 4s every week just in case because of my contacts


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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2013, 03:41:42 PM »

I remember a handful of key numbers like immediate family and few really close friends I talk to regularly, but admittedly everything else I have to go to the phone to get.
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2013, 04:14:39 PM »

I was just thinking about this the other day too.  While I don't have nearly as many phone numbers memorized as I did when I was a teen, I think I've replaced that functional part of my brain with all of my login passwords.  My brain was much better wired when I was a kid to receive phone numbers and memorize them without having to write them down.  Today when someone starts rattling off their phone number they might was well be speaking a different language to me.  We're so lazy now.  Just email/text me your contact info, I can't be bothered to write it down or make my brain remember it.   
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2013, 04:18:49 PM »

my phone number changed 6 months ago,i still can't remember it..Home phone number that is,so 7 numbers
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2013, 04:23:06 PM »

I'm pretty good at remembering phone numbers that I need to - I know my own house number and my wife's cell phone, but I don't know my parents phone number because I haven't bothered to commit it to memory. Oddly enough I can easily recall the phone number I had growing up, but not the number I had a little over a year ago before we moved into our current house.

I definitely notice that my memory is very much tied into how alert I am. Recently I went to buy some dog food and the cashier asked for a phone number to pull up our loyalty card account. I was very tired at the time, and was having trouble remembering my wife's cell phone number. I realized afterwards that I gave them some weird combination of my cell phone number and my wife's cell phone number. Oddly enough it was in the computer so someone else got credit for my purchase.

I have had issues with memory the past few years, but I honestly think it is just due to not getting enough sleep and not due to aging.
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2013, 04:23:13 PM »

I don't even know my wife's work number, really (if I struggled, I might come up with the main switchboard).  She's worked there for almost a decade.
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2013, 04:25:36 PM »

I pretty much only know the numbers I knew before I got a cell phone.

Mom & Dad + Cells
Wife
Home

I need to learn my kids numbers.

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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2013, 04:28:54 PM »

I know:

wife's mobile
my home phone
my parents' home phone (probably because they've had that number since I was a kid)
my mobile
my office line

That is it.  Don't even know my son's mobile number.

With mobile phones, you always have everyone's numbers, so there just isn't much reason to memorize them.  On that list, the only number that isn't tied to me personally (my parents' number counts as still tied to me because that was my number growing up) is my wife's mobile and the only reason I know it is just because it was a pretty easy number to memorize and I needed it to log into her account to pay her bill.  Otherwise, I probably wouldn't know it, either.
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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2013, 04:31:58 PM »

That's true - I forgot that I used to have a "phone book". An actual written book with people's numbers in it. Besides the cell phone I can get numbers off the recent callers list on my cordless phone. There's hardly a reason to memorize any of them.
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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2013, 04:58:00 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on February 20, 2013, 04:31:58 PM

That's true - I forgot that I used to have a "phone book". An actual written book with people's numbers in it. Besides the cell phone I can get numbers off the recent callers list on my cordless phone. There's hardly a reason to memorize any of them.

Right.  Plus, when you used to have to write them down, if you called someone enough times, you had to manually dial it in and that's how you memorized it.  Today, you just tap the contact and it dials for you, so you don't even get the number memorized by having to call the same person over and over.
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« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2013, 05:04:06 PM »

hell, half the time I can't remember my own phone number since I never call myself.
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« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2013, 05:08:21 PM »

Quote from: The Grue on February 20, 2013, 04:58:00 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 20, 2013, 04:31:58 PM

That's true - I forgot that I used to have a "phone book". An actual written book with people's numbers in it. Besides the cell phone I can get numbers off the recent callers list on my cordless phone. There's hardly a reason to memorize any of them.

Right.  Plus, when you used to have to write them down, if you called someone enough times, you had to manually dial it in and that's how you memorized it.  Today, you just tap the contact and it dials for you, so you don't even get the number memorized by having to call the same person over and over.

I used to manually dial certain key phone numbers despite them being programmed into my phone specifically to address this and ensure I have them in my head for emergencies. I've fallen out of the habit, though.
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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2013, 05:12:35 PM »

Only my own personal numbers and my pre cell-phone day numbers.

So:
Mine (cell/office/virtual)
Girlfriend Cell
Girlfriend High School House (not at all useful!)
House I grew up in (still useful!)
Mom's office #

Annnnd that's it.  I probably remember a dozen or so numbers that are also no longer useful nor do I remember who/what they are. 
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« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2013, 06:04:00 PM »

I know my cell and work numbers. That's it.
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« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2013, 07:33:06 PM »

Guess my parents thought we were all dumb as children because our home telephone number was (xxx) 699-9944 and our cottage was (xxx) 533-3311

I still remember tons of phone numbers.
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« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2013, 09:03:29 PM »

Forgot to mention I still remember Jenny's number, which is 867-5309.
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« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2013, 09:41:00 PM »

I remember yours, SC. icon_twisted

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I remember most of my friends numbers, though as more people get added (like my kids' friends' parents numbers) I have less and less interest in calling people, and generally don't care.

My family, I know. Outside of that? I know my work's IP number. Tongue S'good-e-nuf for me. biggrin
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« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2013, 09:44:34 PM »

Quote from: The Grue on February 20, 2013, 09:03:29 PM

Forgot to mention I still remember Jenny's number, which is 867-5309.

and I still remember her restraining order against you biggrin
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« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2013, 11:35:12 PM »

I know my home phone and my office phone. I don't remember anyone's cell phone (including my own) or anyone else's office numbers.
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« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2013, 04:02:29 AM »

I don't even know my wife's number and she's had it for 10 years. To me, she's "2 Send". When I give somebody my own number I often get it wrong if I don't look at a business card. If I don't want them calling me I give them the landline # that we canceled a year ago.

Yet I still remember the first phone # we had when I was a small child: Cherry 53757.
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« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2013, 11:32:51 AM »

I don't even know my wife's number either. Sometimes I get confused when telling someone my number (writing it down is easy).
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« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2013, 02:49:46 PM »

I know the phone number of the house I lived in 8 years ago.

I have to look up the phone number of the house I have lived in for the last 8 years.

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« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2013, 04:24:46 AM »

Quote from: Ironrod on February 21, 2013, 04:02:29 AM

"2 Send"

How old is your phone? 2? Send?
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« Reply #23 on: February 22, 2013, 07:37:17 AM »

Quote from: Lee on February 22, 2013, 04:24:46 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 21, 2013, 04:02:29 AM

"2 Send"
How old is your phone? 2? Send?

I dunno, a few years. It's one of those radio phones that doesn't have a cord -- a "sell phone" as the kids say. Speed dial is easy because I only have to remember 2 numbers. 1-Send is voicemail and 2-Send is the wife.
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