Sort of anyway….
Think back to just 10 years ago let’s say. Perhaps 15. Not counting your own, how many phone numbers did you know by heart? How many could you rattle off and just dial on those keypads without missing a beat? While I cannot tell you exactly how many I knew, I can guess that it was at least 12-15.
Do you know how many I know now? FIVE. 5. Five. You know why? Because three of them are ones from those original 15 (haven’t been changed) and the other two are my son’s. I know my boys’, my parents home number, my boyfriend’s and my ex-dh’s. That’s IT.
Why? Because we don’t NEED to know them anymore! Cell phones – smart phones particularly with their expanded contact list – have made it obsolete to have to memorize numbers. This is a bad thing though! What happens if you NEED to call someone and don’t have your cell phone? Then what? Do you still keep a little black book somewhere other than your phone? Probably not.
You know how bad it is? A couple of weeks ago SB forgot his cell phone. So he borrowed a friend’s to call him to let me know he was on his way home. And you know what? He was THRILLED (and quite shocked) that he was able to remember my work number on his own! Other than programming it into his own phone, he has rarely ever had to dial it directly. At his age I KNOW I had over a dozen numbers in my head! He might know about the same number as me – five.
This cannot be good for our brains! We should be challenging ourselves more, not making it easier to let those brain cells turn to mush!
So – how many numbers could you dial LONG HAND right now?