How many people can’t remember their home phone number?

According to a survey conducted in 2007 by a neuropsychologist at Trinity College Dublin, fully a third of Brits under the age of thirty can’t remember even their own home land line number without pulling it up on their handsets. The same survey found that 30 percent of adults can’t remember the birthdays of more than three immediate family members. Our gadgets have eliminated the need to remember such things anymore.

This is from Joshua Foer’s wonderful book, Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. Amazon ranked it one of the Best Books of 2011.

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