It seems counter intuitive, but all those selfies and sweeping vistas we take the time to photograph on vacation might be affecting how we remember the trip. According to a new study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, taking photos doesn’t alter how much people enjoy their vacation experience, but it does make them remember less of it.
In three different tests, a group of psychologists asked participants to either record and/or share media while taking self-guided tours, or to keep the camera in the hotel room and the smartphone tucked away. Those who took fewer, or no pictures where able to more clearly recall details of the trip that the shutterbugs missed.
The take-away is clear… if the whole point of taking pictures is to remember the moment, it may not be the most productive use of your vacation time, even if it does result in a fantastic profile picture.
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