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Scientists Speculate Taking too many photos Could Impair Human Memories

There is an astonishing scientific fact that keen photo-takers must know: taking pictures is not the ideal memory-retention technique you think it is.


According to a psychological science professor, Elizabeth Loftus taking too many photos might actually damage the brain’s ability to keep hold of memories. Every time a photo is taken, the brain loses its capacity to remember, speculate scientists.


It works in one of many methods, Loftus explains: We either divest the accountability of remembering moments as we click snaps of them, or we’re so diverted by the act of taking a picture that we fail to enjoy the moment in total.


Capturing pictures “outsource” memoirs


The act of offloading our memory is precisely termed as the photo-taking impairment effect. 

A psychology professor, Linda Henkel, says that when people depend on technology to memorize something on their behalf, they’re basically outsourcing their memory.


She further added that it is like they are aware of the fact that the camera is capturing those moments on their behalf, so they don’t focus thoroughly on it in an approach that may help them remember. 


The effect was firstly studied in a 2013 study carried out by Henkel, implying that people had a tough time remembering the things they took pictures of. The study is analogous to the one in 2017 and 2021.


Fad with the camera and missing out on the moment

According to Soares, the other explanation for this is as you take a picture, it is like an intentional detachment.


Soares said that it is the thing that happens at the time when we’re abstracted by the procedure of taking a snap. 

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