Stop taking pictures.
We must be living in the most thoroughly documented time ever.
People now are taking pictures and videos of everything they do.
We take selfies of ourselves in front of cool things (and in the mirror ofcourse).
Selfie was even the word of the year for 2013.
We then post our pictures on Facebook and Instagram and Whatsapp them. But has it ever occured to you that we’re ruining our memories by taking pictures?
People get so absorbed in recording and capturing every single happening of their life that they actually forget to LIVE through them. They miss the very essence of it.
Thanks to high resolution cameras on cell phones, people want to record all events, unnoticeable or magnificent.
The person who IS NOT constantly recording everything seems like the odd person out. If you haven’t yet seen the video, I Forgot My Phone, then check it out for an example of the odd person without a cell phone. The video may be a comic exaggeration of reality, but perhaps not so much of an ‘exaggeration’.
The amount of photos we click in today’s lifestyle are more than often for the sole purpose of uploading to social networking sites to garner popularity, likes and follows and share with your virtual friends.
All these photos, videos, and tweets might be nice for future historians trying to understand our times, but will anyone ever really look back on all the pictures and videos after the quick ‘likes’ on Facebook?
I’m no historian, but I really do not understand the requirement of taking a picture every second. Do those pictures actually help us remember our lives and experiences?
If we have an external memory, then we don’t need to devote the effort to creating our own memories? Computer, camera, or self?
I have a friend who always carries a cell phone, taking it out every second and pestering all others to have a selfie with him. Yes it really is highly annoying.
Such obsession in more prevalent with girls but people do not realise they are actually missing out on the moment while trying so hard to capture it.
Pictures can be lifeless if you don’t experience the same emotion while looking back at it 6 months later.
My life has been much eventful lately and it’s not that I absolutely not have any photos to remember all of it, but its just that those memories in your heart are a better form of preserving them than the digital counterpart.
Reviewing pictures may help memory, but may also replace memory. Maybe we’re changing our understanding of ourselves by constantly seeing ourselves as objects of pictures instead of experiencing ourselves as agents. Maybe we are changing our point of view in memories.
Instead of seeing our memories from our original perspective, we’ll be more likely to see our memories from the external perspective of the selfie we took. We’ll see eventually.
So put down the camera.
Experience your life.
And remember your experiences.
Because, memories > photographs.