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Study: Taking Photos Enhances Experiences

When you're at a museum or landmark where your fellow travelers are snapping photos incessantly, do you ever think those shutterbugs are missing out because they're experiencing the Louvre or Grand Canyon through a small screen instead of at first hand? Turns out science sides with the selfie snappers.

A recent study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (pdf) found in an experiment that those who took pictures during activities such as bus tours and museum visits experienced higher levels of enjoyment and engagement than those who took part sans camera. The researchers think that has something to do with the way taking a photo "focuses attention onto the experience, particularly on aspects of the experience worth capturing."

Maybe the cameraless group was made unhappy by the throngs of Instagrammers crowding them and blocking their views at every site—did anybody ever think of that?

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