Are Digital Memories Ruining Our Real Ones?

Think of a recent experience that you or your friends video-recorded and then watched later.

Close your eyes and try to remember as much as you can from that moment.

What do you remember? What do you see?

Can you recall the actual experience? Can you remember what it looked like and felt like to be present in that moment? Or can you remember only the photograph or video you had recorded and then seen?

What does this tell you about the impact of digital recordings on your memories in general: How distinct is your memory? How much of what you can recall is from the time of your experience? How much of your memory is based on watching and rewatching it later?

Do you think videos enhance or detract from your memories?

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SOURCE: Jeremy Engle, The New York Times