Have you ever experienced a vacation so good that you just don’t want it to end? Do you spend your time wishing you could remember every little detail of events so you can go over your adventures with friends?
Often when we go on vacations we become so concerned with documenting vacation memories with photographs or videos that we don’t fully get to enjoy the moment as it is.
As it turns out, there’s no need to stress about getting every minute of every day on camera. In fact, recent studies suggest the key to keeping a crystal clear memory is put down the camera altogether.
A study conducted in a museum showed the things we photograph we’ll actually remember less clearly than things we look at. We focus on the camera storing the memory for us and don’t take in as many details.
Linda Henkel, creator of the study describes this as the “photo-taking-impairment effect”. When participants took photographs of objects as a whole they remembered less details about the object. They also couldn’t remember where it was in the museum. When the participants just viewed the objects they remembered a lot more details.
So if you’re about to embark on a trip of a lifetime try and tone it down on the picture taking. But let’s be real, there’s really no problem with taking a few snaps of the places you visit. Just try to take in as much as you can without a device between you and the scenery. If you do this you should be left with heaps of memories of your trip.