Thursday, July 7, 2016

Article: Taking Photos at Shows Is Messing With Your Memories

It’s tough to criticize taking photos at shows, because I do it myself.  It’s great to have a blog as a reason - but I often wonder what some of these other people are doing with the mountains of media they’re creating on their own phones - and is it worth it?  This article suggests it’s not.

Royksopp (8/24/14)

"Beyond memory, does the act of documentation make us enjoy the activity more in the moment? A new study published by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people tasked with taking photos during experiences ended up enjoying them more than when they didn’t—but only in certain scenarios. ‘While taking photos increased the enjoyment of observers, it did not affect enjoyment of those actively taking part in the experience,’ Kristin Diehl, assistant professor of marketing at University of Southern California and one of the study’s co-authors, told Pitchfork. In other words, if the activity centers around observing rather than doing, documenting can increase enjoyment levels; stopping an activity to take a photo became burdensome to participants. "

(Via Taking Photos at Shows Is Messing With Your Memories | Pitchfork.)

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