The average Brit can only memorise just two of the contacts in their address book, according to a study by BullGuard.
Mobile security and backup software expert BullGuard conducted a survey across 2000 adults, which revealed that the average British smartphone owner has more than 50 contact numbers stored in their phone, but could only memorise two of them.
When compared to the pre-smartphone era, two thirds of respondents said they could remember phone numbers from years ago that are no longer even active, and over one in twenty said they could rattle off more than ten numbers that were no longer in use.
60 per cent of those polled argued that there is just no need to mentally store numbers anymore. Yet, 34 per cent admitted to being left in a difficult situation as they were unable to contact a loved one after losing or breaking their phone.
‘’Before mobile phones were common place, the majority of people would know their partners’ phone number, as well as the contact details for their mum, dad, brother, sister, best friend and even their boss," said BullGuard COO Mike Hodges.
The survey revealed that only 17 per cent of those polled knew their spouses’ mobile number.
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