A timely and provocative piece from The Conversation exploring the effects of taking selfies on our memory and our identity: https://theconversation.com/our-obsession-with-taking-photos-is-changing-how-we-remember-the-past-109285.

“Nowadays we tend to commit very little to memory – we entrust a huge amount to the cloud. Not only is it almost unheard of to recite poems, even the most personal events are generally recorded on our cellphones. Rather than remembering what we ate at someone’s wedding, we scroll back to look at all the images we took of the food. This has serious consequences. Taking photos of an event rather than being immersed in it has been shown to lead to poorer recall of the actual event – we get distracted in the process.”


Don’t look for too many answers in the article – you won’t really find such. What it does is something much more important in my view – it opens avenues for asking new questions: Are we really recalling an event as it happened or are we constructing it based on photos we have of it? Have we really experienced an event if we were photographing it? What space for mindfulness in a world obsessed with taking photos of itself? Are our childhood memories real? Are we closing the door to change by fixing ourselves to the images we have of time long past? Are we free if we’ve put ourselves in a (photo) frame?

My best wishes for a great day ahead!

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