Do you enjoy taking photos of experiences you’ve enjoyed or objects you’ve appreciated, such as concerts, landscapes or desserts? Common sense might suggest that taking photos like these is likely to enhance our ability to remember the experiences in question, but psychological research suggests that this is not the case!
A phenomenon called the photo-taking-impairment effect suggests that phototaking actually worsens our memory for events. In fact, even if we take multiple unique photos of the same object (for example, a work of art), our memory for the object is worse than for people who merely observed it without taking photos.
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