Instagram selfies are damaging your memory

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Research has shown that taking photos of every, single, little, thing that happens actually increases our chances of forgetting it. Oh the irony.

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A new study has shown taking photos all the live long day to hold on to the memory show off to your friends is damaging your mind.

Unless you hadn't gotten the message by now, phones and technology will make us all rue the day we traded real life experiences for social media. You know the drill.

According to research by psychologist Linda Henkel at Fairfield University, our 'camera-ready' lifestyles cause people to quickly lose the memory of what they are snapping, instead of retaining it.

The reason being that viewing things through a lens adds a level of separation; this means we don't manage the 'deep processing' needed to properly log the memory.

Think about it, instead of taking in that staggering view, you are busy faffing with getting the perfect angle, making sure you can get in all on the screen, adjusting the focus. This means your brain is paying more attention to the device than the view. No deep processing memory for you.

But there is hope. The research says if you want to improve your chances of remembering, take a close up picture of what is in front of you, focusing in on a detail instead of the whole thing. This will force the brain to make an association between the small detail and the bigger picture.

The report in Psychology Today continues that around 800 billion photos will be taken in 2014 alone, with over 200,000 uploaded to Facebook every single minute, but only a fraction of these memories will last a lifetime.

Wait, you had a really good deep thinking face then, time to take a selfie.

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