Many of us have to look up phone numbers that we might once have remembered and it’s the internet’s fault, says a new study.

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab surveyed 6,000 consumers agred 16 and above in six European countries and found that more than half of adults (up to 60 percent) could recall their home phone number from when they were aged 10.

But they couldn’t remember their children’s numbers (53 percent) or work (51 percent) without looking up the number first. And when it comes to partners, a third couldn’t recall their numbers!

It’s been dubbed digital amnesia by Kaspersky Lab: – “the experience of forgetting information that you trust a digital device to store and remember for you.”

Our devices are an ‘extension of our brain’

Many smartphone owners admit their devices hold almost everything they need to know or remember, with most admitting they use the internet as an extension of their brain. A quarter of those surveyed even said they’d forget an online fact as soon as it had been used.

Does forgetting matter?

Well, the answer is no – but as long as it’s not something that we need to remember (kind of obvious). And there’s always the risk of our devices getting lost or stolen, so backing up is a good idea.

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