How Many Phone Numbers Do You Know By Memory?

United States
November 13, 2017 3:51pm CST
I used to be a long-distance telephone operator and I memorized the AREA Codes for all the big cities in the USA. I still know a lot of them but many more have been added. I also memorized the phone numbers of all my friends and family. We didn’t have cell phones back then. Now, I have the phone numbers in my phone, instead of my head. And I need to write them all down somewhere, just in case I lose my phone or it loses its memory. I think I will make that a NEW project. How about you? Do you know a lot of phone numbers or are you like me and have them all in your phone?
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Nov
I don't even know our own mobile number. The mobile numbers are longer than the old landline numbers so I find them difficult to recall. But I do need to learn ours.
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• United States
14 Nov
Today, I'm going to sit down with my cell phone and copy all the phone numbers into my Date Book. That's where I keep all my important information on just about everything. User names and passwords for various sites are all in my Date Book. I don't memorize phone numbers like I used to do before cell phones.
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
@IreneVincent As I said, I have enough trouble trying to remember ours.
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@Marty1 (25663)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
16 Nov
You are not alone as I don't know my cell phone number either! It just never seemed necessary as I never have on the ringer as I get calls at midnight from telemarketers!
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• Peoria, Arizona
13 Nov
I used to know a lot of phone numbers. But now I can barely remember my own. The only number I know is my dad's because it hasn't changed in over a decade. I still mean to memorize my mom's but she just got her new number and I keep forgetting to memorize it.
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• United States
14 Nov
I'm getting the same answers from almost everyone. We just put the numbers into our cell phones and forget about them. I'm going to have a new project of transferring all the phone #s in my cell phone to another place, just in case.
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• Peoria, Arizona
16 Nov
@IreneVincent there are just so many numbers to remember these days that it is not worth remembering them haha though I would like to have a little address book with people's numbers in it.
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@1creekgirl (8364)
• United States
13 Nov
I do well to remember my own number! All the others are in my contacts.
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• United States
14 Nov
I know what you mean. Almost everyone is giving me the same answer. We all have our "contacts" in our cell phones now. But, I'm going to copy them all sometime today to my Date Book, just in case.
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@Asylum (46826)
• Manchester, England
13 Nov
The advent of mobile phones has eliminated the need to memorize telephone numbers. Like yourself, I used to know a great number of telephone numbers, but these days I select a contact name rather than dial the number, so I know very few.
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• United States
14 Nov
Yep! Just go to CONTACTS and select a name. No need to memorize phone #s anymore. But, just in case, I'm going to take the time to transfer all my phone numbers from my phone to my Date Book, which is where I keep all my important information. I will also UPDATE my cell phone list, because some people have changed their numbers or moved away.
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@Asylum (46826)
• Manchester, England
14 Nov
@IreneVincent I always sport mine to a CSV file. This stores the numbers, but has the annoying habit of splitting each contact into an entry for landline and another for mobile.
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• United States
15 Nov
@Asylum That sounds complicated to me. I'm not very technologically savvy.
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@Courtlynn (47479)
• United States
13 Nov
All in my phone, but know about 5 by heart.
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• United States
14 Nov
I know very few by heart anymore. It's SAD how much I depend on my cell phone. I'm going to copy all the phone numbers into my Date Book today. Then, I will have them, just in case.
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@Courtlynn (47479)
• United States
14 Nov
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@marguicha (80430)
• Chile
13 Nov
I used to know a lot. Now numbers are longer and people move. I don´t try to memorize them any longer.
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• United States
14 Nov
Memorizing all the numbers in my phone would be quite a feat, so instead, I'm going to copy them into my Date Book, where I keep all my other important information. You are right! People move and numbers change.
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@marguicha (80430)
• Chile
14 Nov
@IreneVincent I have a small phone book. My close friends´ phone numbers are in the last page.
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@Marty1 (25663)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
13 Nov
I don't use my cell phone, so I keep numbers on my head! i have only a few numbers of people I call so no problem!
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• United States
14 Nov
You are the FIRST one to say that. Most people put the phone #s in their cell phone contact list and then forget about them. I think I will change that. I will keep them in my cell phone contact list, but I'm going to copy them to another place, just in case.
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@Marty1 (25663)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
16 Nov
@IreneVincent good idea! I have a contact list just but do not use my cell phone unless I am out alone and that I need the time. Hopefully will never have to use that as calling on it is for emergencies!
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@JohnRoberts (39006)
• Los Angeles, California
13 Nov
I can barely remember my own number!
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• United States
14 Nov
I know! It's ridiculous that I depend so much on the data in my cell phone. I'm going to take the time today to copy all the phone #s into my Date Book. I keep all my other important information there. I just have this fear that I will lose my phone or somehow lose all those phone numbers.
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@MALUSE (31751)
• Denmark
13 Nov
I'm not a number person. I only know one telephone number - our own!
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• United States
14 Nov
I USED to be a telephone # person, but since I got used to my cell phone, I don't tax my brain to remember phone #s anymore. I'm going to copy them into my Date Book though, just in case.
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@sallypup (20783)
• Moses Lake, Washington
13 Nov
I barely know the passwords for my debit cards. I am just not a numbers person. Phone numbers are written in a crumbling address book. A real little book, not a tech gadget.
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• United States
14 Nov
Passwords are another thing. You are right! There are so many things we need to remember, that when we don't NEED to remember, because the numbers are in our cell phone, we definitely forget phone #s. I have so many passwords and user names to remember. I had to write them all down in one place.
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@sallypup (20783)
• Moses Lake, Washington
14 Nov
@IreneVincent I have a couple of debit cards. It mortifys me when every so often I slip a cog and get a code number wrong- I'm at the check out line, folks waiting on me. Oh God help me please.
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• United States
15 Nov
@sallypup It can make a person anxious. I don't possess a credit card. If I want to order something on line, I get my son to order it, using his card and I give him cash. My philosophy is: No credit card = no credit card debts. I am debt-free and I like it that way.
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@Daelii (1256)
• United States
14 Nov
I know two phone numbers by memory. My husband's # and my old phone number when I was a kid. Everything else is written down/ in the phone!
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• United States
14 Nov
That's the same answer I'm getting from almost everyone. I think I will copy all of the phone #s from my cell phone contact list to my Date Book, which is where I keep all my other important information, just in case.
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@DianneN (57344)
• United States
13 Nov
I still remember my old home phone number, but rely on my contact list for most numbers now. We do have two address books, just in case. I do know the numbers of my family and friends.
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• United States
14 Nov
Funny you should mention old home phone numbers. I still remember the phone # we had when I was a teenager. Now, I'm talking really OLD. This was before we had DIAL telephones. Whoa!!!
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@sharon6345 (106579)
• United States
13 Nov
I know a few by heart but none of my friends or even my man by far.
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• United States
14 Nov
That's like me. I only know a few. I don't even know all my children's phone #s. Or my brothers. They are all in my phone, of course. Today, I'm going to change that. I'm going to copy all the numbers into my Date Book, just in case.
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• United States
13 Nov
I used to know numbers by heart but as the years have gone by and technology has changed I know very few numbers. Like you, most are in my phone too
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• United States
14 Nov
It's crazy! I suppose if the cell phone technology FAILS in some way, we will all be in bad shape. I have heard that this is a REAL possibility, what with all the hackers out there. So, I'm copying all my phone #s into my DATE Book, but...on the other hand. If the system fails, then numbers won't matter, will they???
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13 Nov
It's kinda to quantify them... But I'm very good with numbers.
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• United States
14 Nov
I used to be good at numbers, like I said. But now, I'm like most everyone else. I just put the numbers in my cell phone contact list and forget about them. I think I will copy them to another place today.
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@hereandthere (23075)
• Philippines
14 Nov
i still know all our old landline numbers, except the latest one.
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• United States
14 Nov
Me too. I still remember the phone # we had when I was a teenager. That was before DIAL phones. Yikes! I'm telling my age.
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• Philippines
15 Nov
@IreneVincent that phone in the picture was our first telephone
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• United States
15 Nov
@hereandthere Yep! Ours also. My aunt, however, had one much older than that one. It was wood and hung on the wall with a handle on the side to ring for the operator. I remember it well.
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@nanette64 (13153)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Nov
I know a bunch by heart @IreneVincent . Family as well as local businesses. But I do have a personal phone book just in case I have a brain-fart.
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• United States
14 Nov
Good for you! It's always best to have a back-up list, just in case. That's why I'm going to copy all the phone #s I have in my cell phone to my Date Book, which is where I keep other important information. I'm surprised that I haven't already done that. But, this post brought it to my attention.
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@nanette64 (13153)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Nov
@IreneVincent Better now than never. You don't want to wind up with an "Oops" moment.
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@kavinitu (576)
15 Nov
I know only my dear family contact numbers. I keep writing the numbers of other people in the diary or on the phone's contact list. I have a lot of relatives and friends, how to keep everyone's numbers in mind
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• United States
18 Nov
I did manage to get about half of the numbers recorded in my Date Book today. Since I couldn't get online, I had some time to do it. But I only got to the letter K, so I have quite a few more to write down. I don't know what is going on with our Wifi service. It's about to drive me crazy. And to think about how much it costs every month. It's ridiculous that we don't get better service.
@sjvg1976 (13960)
• Delhi, India
14 Nov
Yes that's the issue with most of us today. Even I know very few mobile nos. I just know my number, my wife's , father's, brother's numbers.
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• United States
18 Nov
I'm still working on writing down all the phone numbers that are in my cell phone. I hope to get it done today. I've got several more numbers to go, but I did work on it some yesterday.
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@Kandae11 (25640)
14 Nov
The phone numbers I have in my head are those which I have been using for years. Others I store in my phone or in a notebook.
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• United States
14 Nov
Yes, I think we should have the phone #s in at least TWO different places. I was thinking about all those people who have been displaced from their homes, by forest fires, floods, earthquakes etc. They probably lost their cell phones, I'm sure. Of course, a person might just lose their cell phone by laying it down somewhere so I think I will copy the #s on my cell phone to my Date Book, which is where I keep a lot of important information.
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