Here’s something that both photographers and the typical millennial have to look forward to in old age: Your memory is going to suck because of all the photos you took when you should have been paying attention to what was happening around you.
That’s the upshot of a new psychological study that finds you can have a good photographic record of an event or a good memory, but not both.
Dr. Linda Henkel of Fairfield University in Connecticut conducted the study, in which participants toured a campus art museum. Some were assigned to take photos; others were asked to simply remember what they saw. Subjects were tested on their memories of the museum a day later.
Those who took photos fared significantly worse at correctly identifying items from the museum, and recalled fewer details of those they did remember.
^^This is part of what I was getting at with this post about photographing Dachau.