The Shutter Bug: Click Obsession


I started clicking digital pictures in 2005. Since then, I captured almost 10000+ pictures so far. Rate of clicks reduced significantly after self-realization in 2010 and it is almost nil now.

Ask yourself, how many pics do you revisit often? Or visited ever since clicked?

Is time spent clicking (and not enjoying the scene in real time) justified against time wasted by not being involved in the moment?

And if you say you have re-visited all pics more than once, you really are great at time management. 🙂 And I wonder about, how do you get such leisure time?

My point is, technology will give us all freedom but also overload of data. Remain awake and make sure, we do not succumb to the technology.

Instead of clicking pics, I now prefer to enjoy the moment by remaining in the moment and making my memories strong and vivid.

1 or 2 pics or 1000 pics – they will give same stimuli to brain and fetch past memories. 🙂 But while clicking 1000, we really miss the live moments. Don’t we?

Have a nice day! 🙂


How our photo obsession is threatening our memories

technology has enabled us to take dozens of pictures in seconds, stopping only when we have captured that perfect smile, photos have become a commodity versus the precious memento they once were. A study from Shutterfly reported that Americans now take more than 10.3 billion photos every month. And those ubiquitous mobile devices in our pocket are now the primary photography device for 60% of regular photo takers.

The problem of memories being forgotten in the stream is compounded by how our brains work. When we rely on memory aids like cameras and smartphones we effectively outsource our ability to recall—taking away from the cognitive processing that’s required to create lasting memories. I recently examined how photographing objects impacts our memory. In two studies, 74 university students were sent to an art museum to photograph some objects and to simply observe others.

The next day, the students were asked to recall the objects they had seen. The results demonstrate what I call the photo-taking-impairment effect: when the students took photos, they remembered fewer objects overall and remembered fewer details about the objects and their location in the museum, compared to those they had only observed. This is consistent with other research showing that when we count on external devices such as a computer, we actually remember less.

In an effort to remember, by viewing the world through the lens of our cameras, we are in fact undercutting our quest for memories. I’m not necessarily suggesting you stop taking pictures—since the birth of my grandson four months ago I’ve taken over 1,000 photos—guilty as charged. But while our snapping behavior has headed into overdrive, our revisiting behavior hasn’t kept up.

The key to remembering more is revisiting and sharing our photos. Looking back at a photo helps to reactivate and consolidate the memory, making it more accessible later and training the brain to remember the story behind the picture. Unfortunately, the same Shutterfly research found that although we’re taking more photos than ever, we’re sharing fewer of them. Even though 90% of people who regularly take photos agree that photos become more meaningful when their story is shared in-person, less than half of the photos we take are actually being shared. In addition, the majority of people reported that they have not recently looked at photos that were 10 years or older.

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