Aside from building a career as a professional photographer, the camera can be a really useful tool in remembering key moments and experiences in your life. However, a new study conducted by Fairfield University in Connecticut, shows that instead of helping our memory, the camera might actually be destroying our brains ability to remember things.
A research team at Fairfield University lead a group of students through a museum, some just enjoying the experience on their own, others equipped with camera to help document the experience. The following day, their memory was tested, and it was found those without the cameras recognized more objects, and were able to pull details from each piece better than those with the camera.
“People so often whip out their cameras almost mindlessly. When people rely on technology to remember for them, it can have a negative impact on how well they remember their experiences.” stated Dr. Linda Henkel, who conducted the study.
Previous studies have shown that old photographs can help with the memory, but only when focused on and not overwhelmed with many photos.
With news like this, perhaps it’s a good idea to sit the camera down this holiday season, and just enjoy and appreciate our time with our loved ones.
[via Daily Mail]