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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing

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If you forgot to lock your front door this morning, or meant to respond to that important email but didn’t, you’re not alone.

According to research by Standard Life, three fifths of UK adults (61%) often have a memory lapse about some of the simplest things, with the finance and savings group going so far as to label us a “nation of forgetfuls”.

Among the results:

•       A third (33%) frequently forget to reply to text messages and emails or phone people back

•       About one in five (21%) frequently forget to log out of internet accounts

•       Some 15% often forget to pay bills on time or to attend medical appointments

•        14% forget to take their wallet/purse when leaving the house, and the same percentage (the same people?) forget to lock the house

•        7% forget to collect documents from the office printer

•        A disgraceful 6% forget to feed the pet.

“Busy lives and information overload seem to be turning people in the UK into a nation of ‘forgetfuls’,” Standard Life said. “The research also highlighted some key differences across the generations. Almost three quarters (74%) of 25-34 year olds appear to be scatter-brains – they were the ones most likely to forget to book a restaurant, collect dry cleaning and book the car in for its MOT. But when it comes to paying back money that is owed to friends or family, those aged 16-24 are most likely to forget, while 35-44 year olds are the most likely to forget to pay bills on time.”

The survey claims that women (40%) are much more likely to forget to respond to texts and emails than men (29%). They are also more likely to forget to book the car in for its MOT (13% women, 10% men). But men (16%) are slightly more likely than women (13%) to forget to take their wallet with them when they go out. Funny, that.

The survey was commissioned by Standard Life to highlight the end of the tax year.

“With the end of the tax year looming, I’d encourage everyone to focus on their finances and not to forget to use up their tax efficient ISA allowances if they can,” Standard Life’s Julie Hutchison said. 

The survey, carried out as far ago as last July, interviewed 2,000 UK adults.

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