Step away from your Cameraphone: Constantly taking photographs STOPS our brains remembering what happened

The Smart Phone seems to be making us dumber…

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From children’s birthdays to that  long-awaited family holiday, we all want  to remember those cherished moments with a photograph.

But if you’re one of those people who  can’t stop snapping, beware –  you could end up forgetting it all in a flash. 

A study has found that taking too many photos may prevent us from forming detailed memories.

Far from helping us to capture the moment, it could mean we miss what’s going on right in front of our noses.

Researchers led a group of students around a museum and asked them to either photograph or try to remember certain works of art and historical exhibits. 

The next day, their memory was tested. It showed they were worse at recognising objects they had photographed than those they had only looked at. They were also poorer at recalling details of the objects they had taken pictures of.

Dr Linda Henkel, who conducted the study at Fairfield University in Connecticut, said: ‘People so often whip out their cameras almost mindlessly.

When people rely on technology to remember for them, it can have a negative impact on how well they remember their experiences.’

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