Random Annoyances: Telephone Numbers With No Spaces

Why do some people insist on giving you their phone number as one long huge integer as it was the answer to a fiendishly complicated math equation? When I ask for a telephone number to be written down or texted or emailed, I expect it to be provided in a format that makes it easy to key in and understand like 0208 312 6745 and not 02083126745 which is a pain in the ass to dial.

The human brain has difficulty digesting huge numbers with no spaces, and in some cases, for example the type of people who you might find entering a Village Idiot contest or appearing on reality TV, even single digits can be a challenge.

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