You have probably experienced a time where you were about to tell a funny story to your friend, but you stopped and asked, "I don't know if I told you this story already. Did I?" Or you were in the middle of telling a hilarious story and your friend suddenly said, "Yeah, you already told me this twice!"
We experience some kind of memory loss daily whether it be losing where we put our keys, forgetting if we locked our car doors, or suddenly failing to recall what we were about to say. This phenomenon is very strange considering that our memory can be extremely powerful in certain situations. For example, Rajan Mahadevan recalled up to more than 30,000th digits of pi. Then, only after several years, Hideaki Tomoyori of Japan recited about 40,000th digits of pi. These individuals exemplify that memory can be exceptionally potential.
Then why is it that we have the capability to remember so much, but we also forget about trivial activities like remembering a person's name or who we told the funny stories to? In order to find out an answer for this problem, we need to ask ourselves this question first: do we forget the things we tell people or do those memories don't even exist in the first place. In other words, are we actually losing the memory or do we even have that memory saved into our brain? For instance, when an individual is asked what time it is, he or she looks at the clock and is able to tell the exact time. However, when asked what the brand of the clock he or she just saw, he or she cannot answer. How come the person remembers the time, but not the brand when he or she just saw the clock? The key to this question is interest. The individual's interest was merely on what time it is, not what brand the clock is. Had the question been, what brand is the clock, he or she would have been able to answer the brand, but not the exact time. So perhaps, next time we tell a story to a friend, we should "remember" to "remember" the incident of telling the story because that is the only way to "remember" if we told the story to a friend or not.