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FORGETTING person's name after being introduced is apparently more embarrassing than forgetting a loved ones birthday, a survey revealed.

Some 2,000 Americans aged 35 and over were asked whether they thought forgetting someone’s name is the most embarrassing blunder.

Blanking on someone's name was deemed to be the most mortifying incidentCredit: Getty - Contributor Forgetting someone's name is more forgetting than forgetting a present for your partnerCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Around 32 percent more of these participants said they thought blanking on someone's name was more mortifying than even forgetting a partner’s birthday (22 percent).

Respondents were given a list of forgetful moments and asked to select which they would find the most shameful. and failing to remember an anniversary rounded out the top three at 21 percent.

The survey was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Natrol’s new Cognium Focus in advance of National I Forgot Day on July 2.

It looked beyond moments that might fluster or leave us feeling MIF’d, and delved into how forgetful we are, potential reasons why and the effect it has on our lives.

The average respondent drew a blank about six times a week, which added up to 332 forgetful moments annually.

And these hundreds of little moments can cause problems, however.


What are the most common things we forget?

  • Forget a password (51 percent)
  • Forget things when I grocery shop (51 percent)
  • Misplace my keys (49 percent)
  • Forget what I went into a room for (49 percent)
  • Forget people's names after being introduced (47 percent)
  • Have a word on the tip of my tongue and not remember what it is (46 percent)
  • Walk into a room and forget why I'm there (38 percent)
  • Forget where I put my pen (35 percent)
  • Forget what day it is (35 percent)
  • Forget to take a meal out to defrost (35 percent)
  • Misplace cell phone (35 percent)
  • Forget words to songs (35 percent)
  • Forget to mail something (34 percent)
  • Forget where the car was parked (33 percent)
  • Forget to respond to an email (32 percent)
  • Forget a friend or family members' phone number (31 percent)
  • Misplace my wallet (31 percent)
  • Forget my pin number(s) (29 percent)
  • Forget what I'm searching for online (29 percent)
  • Forget to reply to texts (28 percent)
  • A quarter of respondents  have had a falling out with a friend or family member over it, while 17 percent have actually been broken up with for forgetting something.

    To stop a forgetful disaster emerging, 43 percent of these respondents lied after forgetting something.

    More than of participants regularly forgot something (56 percent), while 66 percent admitted to being forgetful over the past ten years.

    Forty-five percent said their age has contributed to their increased level of forgetfulness, but that’s not all.

    They also cited the need to constantly be multitasking and modern technology as reasons.

    Forgetting someones name is more embarrassing than blanking on a loved one's birthday People said modern technology and multitasking often led them to forget thingsCredit: Alamy

    “While technology has made people’s lives more convenient and accessible, it has also overloaded them with never-ending to-do lists to manage and keep track of,” said Harel Shapira, Director of Marketing at Natrol.

    “Technology and continuous multitasking impacts our brains, it clogs them and affects people’s short-term memory.”

    Over half of people (61 percent) said they didn't remember things as well while they multitasked – even so, 54 percent of them continued to do several tasks at once.

    But combined with technology, this can often lead to multitasking-induced forgetfulness.

    Sixty-six percent of respondents use their cell phones to help them remember things.

    Of this number, 77 percent of them conceded that they would be lost without their cellphone.

    When it came to information overload through technology, 65 percent of participants agreed this can over overwhelming.

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    But the amount of information available through technology can be overwhelming, agreed 65 percent of respondents.

    “Our daily lives have become more unfocused, busy and chaotic than ever before. With so much on our minds, we need solutions to keep us on track and manage all the moving parts,” said Dr. Mike Dow, Ph.D., Psy.D.,

    “Brain overload can lead to a lack of focus and cause us to become more forgetful—but using products like Natrol Cognium can help improve memory and recall so your mind stays sharp.”

    Participants cited the need to constantly be multitasking and modern technology as reasons for forgetfulness

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    A U.S. federal judge has ruled in favor of Michael Pack, the chief executive of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, in a lawsuit over Pack’s decision to fire the heads of government-funded international news agencies. 

    District Court Chief Judge Beryl Howell denied a request to reverse Pack’s decision to replace the agency heads, saying the decision belongs “at the ballot box” rather than in court.  

    The judge ruled last week that the suit filed on behalf of the Open Technology Fund, a nonprofit corporation that supports global internet freedom technologies, had “fallen short of making the requisite showings.” 

    The fund had argued that Pack did not have the legal authority to dismiss Libby Liu, the chief executive of Open Technology, or fire the chiefs of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks. 

    Pack, who took control of USAGM last month, also oversees Voice of America, but the lawsuit pertains to Pack’s dismissals of the heads of the USAGM entities, not his oversight of VOA.

    Pack is the first Senate-confirmed CEO of USAGM following a major overhaul of the agency’s leadership structure that Congress approved in late 2016 and former President Barack Obama signed into law. The changes gave expansive new powers to the CEO over all of the U.S. government-funded civilian broadcasters, including the power to set budgets and terminate funding for agencies the CEO no longer sees as effective. 

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    Howell noted, “Congress has decided to concentrate unilateral power in the USAGM CEO, and the Court cannot override that determination.” 

    The lawsuit by the Open Technology Fund argued that the agencies of USAGM are protected from political interference by a “strict 'firewall' embodied in statutes, regulations, and binding contract provisions.” The suit contended that Pack’s actions “constitute the most egregious breach of that firewall in history." 

    Howell said, “Pack’s actions have global ramifications, and plaintiffs in this case have expressed deep concerns that his tenure as USAGM CEO will damage the independence and integrity of U.S.-sponsored international broadcasting efforts.”  

    However, Howell said, “If Pack’s actions turn out to be misguided, his appointment by the President and confirmation by the Senate points to where the accountability rests: at the ballot box.” 

    In an email last month to VOA’s hundreds of broadcasters, editors, writers and support staff, Pack pledged to uphold the government’s mandated independence from outside political interference over VOA. 

    However, some outside watchdogs and news organizations, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, have voiced fears about Pack’s willingness to resist political pressure, citing his record as a conservative filmmaker and associate of former Trump chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon. 

    Pack told the Washington Examiner last month that the reason he fired the four agency heads was to create a fresh start and said “it is not atypical to do that” at the beginning of an administration. 

    “It was my view that on day one, by changing senior leadership, I could create this change,” he said.  

    Pack said he is seeking to “bring objectivity and balance” to the programs run by the USAGM. “All I’m trying to do is bring the agency back in keeping with its mission,” he said. 

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