STUDY: Taking photos could hinder your memory

Stacey Spivey

POSTED: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 7:02pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 7:04pm

While snapping that perfect picture for Instagram or Facebook, you could also be hindering your memory.  A new study from the journal, Psychological Science, says that taking pictures of something could diminish what you remember about that event.

In the first experiment, a group of students went to a museum in which some were allowed to take a picture of a particular object.  The other students could only look at the object.  The next day they were asked to write down the names,and what they could remember of the objects.  Results showed the people who had taken pictures had a worse memory.

"It just takes away the focus of something you can build a memory on... we never remember anything we don't pay attention to, and while we're distracted we have no seeds to develop short term or long term memory,' said Dr. Stephen Westmoreland, psychologist.

However, Bryant Rockett, a local photographer, thinks today's technology allows us to make memories last.He said, "It serves a great purpose being able to remember it for later, you can go back to it and laugh about it and enjoy it."

Either way, the study suggests we might need to think twice about capturing the moment, or simply living in it this holiday season.

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