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Study: taking pictures may impair memories

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A new study says we should stop taking so many pictures because we may be damaging our memory.

The study from Fairfield University, was published in the Journal of Psychological Science.

The study's author calls it the "photo-taking-impairment effect."

When people took a photo of each object as a whole, they remembered fewer objects and remembered fewer details about the objects and the objects' locations in the museum than if they instead only observed the objects and did not photograph them.

More research did reveal an exception: When participants zoomed in to photograph a specific part of the object, their memory to detail was not impaired.

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