Are you finding out that your memory just isn't as good as it once was? Join the club.

The other day I had to make a new account online. After registering my info, making yet another username and password I had to come up with an answer to a security question.

The generic question I was asked was, "What is your childhood home phone number?"

Without hesitation I remembered all ten digits. I then recalled my grandma's phone number and my best friends phone number. I was pretty proud of myself for remembering those numbers despite being totally useless as they haven't been in operation for roughly 15 years.

I then tried to see how many I had memorized today.

You can thank your smart phone for your lazy memory. 25 years ago, the average person could have about 9 or more phone numbers memorized. Today, the average is about 2.

According to researchers at Penn State, this is called digital amnesia.

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