“Everybody forgets sometimes, or we wouldn’t even have a word for it,” says Rachelle S. Doody, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, Effie Marie Cain Chair in Alzheimer's Disease Research, Director of Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Baylor University. The woman knows what-of she speaks.
On average we each forget four relatively important facts, items or events every day, and more than 1,400 each year.
3M Company, the makers of Post-It Notes, surveyed 2,000 people about their forgetfulness.
“As a younger adult when we forget where we parked our car we think, ’Oh, I just stressed” or “I’m just busy’, but as we get older we get nervous and think, ‘Oh, does this mean I’m getting memory loss or dementia?” says Dr. Vaunette Fay, the associate director for education at the UTHealth School of Nursing’s Center on Aging.
3M found the men are more forgetful than women, however women are more likely to show their frustration. One in twenty men has forgotten to attend a funeral. Women are more likely to lie about something they have forgotten if they think they will get in trouble for it.
According to 3M these are the top 10 things we are inclined to forget:
1. Forget what you went into a room for
2. Misplacing keys
3. Forgetting things on your grocery list
4. People’s names when you’re introducing them
5. Where you put your pen
6. Taking meat out to defrost
7. Forgetting to respond to an email
8. Forgetting to post something
9. Forgetting what you’re searching for online or on the computer
10. Forgetting where the car was parked