Overexposed? Camera Phones Could Be Washing Out Our Memories

Rebecca Woolf takes a lot of photos of her children for her blog, Girl's Gone Child, but says she tries to not let the camera get in the middle of a moment.

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She says she’s probably taken tens of thousands of photos since her oldest child was born. And she remembers the moment when it suddenly clicked — if you will — that she was too absorbed in digital documentation.

 “I remember going to the park at one point, and looking around … and seeing that everyone was on their phones … not taking photographs, but just — they had a device in their hands,” she recalls.

“I was like, ‘Oh, God, wait. Is this what it looks like?’ ” she says. “Even if it’s just a camera, is this how people see me? … Are [my kids] going to think of me as somebody who was behind a camera?”

 …With parents flooding their camera phones with hundreds of photos — from loose teeth to hissy fits to each step in the potty training process — how might the ubiquity of photos change childhood memories?

 Maryanne Garry, a psychology professor at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, is trying to figure that out. For years, she’s studied the effects of photography on our childhood memories.

 “I think that the problem is that people are giving away being in the moment,” she says.

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