Friday, March 21, 2014

How many phone numbers do you know off the top of your head?

It's been a little over a decade now since I had a phone other than my cell phone.  I believe the technical term for what I am referring to is "land line."  From the time I started programming them into my phone, the part of my brain that was previously used for remembering telephone numbers has long since been reassigned to other things (like the surprisingly low number of top NBA lottery picks who have led their teams to championships?).  Other than my own, I believe there are now just two phone numbers that still exist in my memory.  One is for the house I grew up in (which my parents still use), and the other is 1-800-54-GIANT.

The reason I bring this up is because I recently had a conversation with a person who still dials numbers -- on her cell phone.  This is somebody my age who when she wants to call her friend she whips out her iphone 5 and actually types in the digits.  She knows from memory all the phone numbers of people she calls on a regular basis.

On the rare occasions when I have to call something not programmed like my bank or the cable company, I usually have to think for a bit just to find the screen in my phone with numbers on it for dialing.

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