Take Lots of Photos? You May Remember Less

But zooming in may boost your memory: study

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 11, 2013 2:49 PM CST

(Newser) – If you're busy snapping photos of an experience, you may not remember it well. So suggests a new study, which compared groups of museum tourists, one with cameras, the other without, the Guardian reports. Scientists found that those who took pictures of "each object as a whole" recalled fewer items and less about them than did those who simply observed the galleries.

"People just pull out their cameras," study author Linda Henkel tells CNN. "They just don't pay attention to what they're even looking at, like just capturing the photo is more important than actually being there." However, when people zoomed in on part of an item, they tended to remember more about the whole thing, LiveScience notes. The Guardian warns against jumping to conclusions. Subjects didn't, for instance, select what to photograph; we tend to be better at remembering what we're interested in.

Picture-taking may affect your memory.
Picture-taking may affect your memory.   (Shutterstock)
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