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Being obsessed with taking pictures all the time may damage a person’s ability to remember them. Dr. Linda Henkel from Fairfield University says her research has uncovered what she calls the “photo-taking impairment effect.” Henkel says many people are so eager to get a picture that they miss what is happening in front of them. She and her team conducted their research in a museum to learn if taking pictures of exhibits hindered a visitor’s ability to remember what they had seen. When surveyed the following day, researchers found people were less accurate in recognizing objects they had photographed compared with those they had only looked at. A second duplicated the results, and also uncovered an interesting twist. Researchers also found that if a person took a photo of a specific detail on an object by zooming in, they tended to have better memories of that item. Henkel said, “In order to remember, we have to access and interact with the photos, rather than just amass them.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Taking photos interferes with memory: study, by Sarah Knapton,, Accessed December 11, 2013.

In the same way, it is easy to take the goodness of God for granted, if we don’t take time to meditate on what He has done for us.

Psalm 103:2 (NASB) Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;

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