Several times, my boyfriend and I have discussed how technology is used today to store memories in pictures and videos (yes, we are a bit nerdy!). And during our discussions I always think of how much people today rely on smartphones.
I love my iPhone. I use the GPS, I take photos, I shoot videos and I surf the internet in search of knowledge about all kinds of silly things. But lately I have noticed how it has sort of become a substitute for my own brain. I no longer store memories in my mind the same way, I store them on my phone. And sometimes, I can be so eager to capture a moment that I am experiencing it through my phone, frantically trying to save it. But is it really good to store memories like that? It's like I have stopped relying on myself to house the unique experiences that make me ME.
In the age of social media, sometimes it can seem like if things are not documented in photos, they never happened. I feel this whole obsession in society with storing your memories and experiences using technology has done something to my imagination and my inner world. I want to see things through my eyes and not through the lens or screen of my phone.
So I guess my question is... Is our obsession with storing and sharing memories making us remember less because we use technology to store our memories externally instead of in our minds?
One of the reasons I love sunsets is because no matter how many photos I take of them, it will never compare to the beauty I experience watching them and the way they make me feel.