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In an in-depth interview, Professor Alixandra Barasch discusses takeaways from her research on the impact of taking photos to share on social media

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Excerpt from How to Make Everything -- (17:15) "When people capture an experience for themselves—when they're taking photos, for example, for their own personal memories—this can actually be very rewarding. So, contrary to a lot of people's lay beliefs that photos are destroying society or ruining our experiences, we've actually found that taking photos draws you into an experience... and this shift in attention can actually increase enjoyment in certain types of experiences. But, that being said, there's obviously a trade off, because while you might be focused more on the visual details of your experience... that comes with a cost, because you have limited attentional resources... you can't focus on everything at once."

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