Instagram Changes Your Memory

Friday, December 13, 2013

Smartphones at the concert (flickr/igoge)

Emily Badger, contributor to Atlantic Cities, discusses how Instagram and other services like it change your memory about events. She says it "really changes the way people interact in public space" when everyone is staring into their cell phone -- and everyone is preoccupied with recording a moment for the future instead of enjoying the moment in the present.

The Most-Instagrammed Locations of 2013

  • Siam Paragon (สยามพารากอน) shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand 
  • Times Square, New York 
  • Disneyland, California 
  • Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas 
  • Disney World Florida 
  • Staples Center, Los Angeles 
  • Central Park, New York 
  • Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
  • Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Bangkok, Thailand 
  • The High Line, New York

More on the Instagram blog.


    Emily Badger

    Comments [7]

    trish from NJ

    I hate going to concerts and show and seeing cell phones instead of the band, as if it provides you with a better view-

    Dec. 13 2013 11:58 AM
    jgarbuz from Queens

    How many college degrees do you need to become a "professional photographer?" I think anyone who can make living doing something is a "professional." If someone is willing to pay you for your pictures, that makes you a "professional."

    Dec. 13 2013 11:56 AM

    Google glasses. No need to hold a camera to your eye.

    Photographs are personal. However you want to use it. All this nonsense about paying less attention is flawed as it is conflated with some kids not caring about art as much as other kids.

    Dec. 13 2013 11:54 AM
    Jonathan from NYC

    Stop experiencing life through a screen.

    Dec. 13 2013 11:53 AM
    John A

    And deletes your memories too.
    I made friendships on Dailybooth (an Instagram competitor) and Stickam (YouTube).
    When those sites went away, so did those friendships. Poof!

    Dec. 13 2013 11:51 AM
    jgarbuz from Queens

    I think someday our very thoughts and memories will automatically be uploaded from our brains and stored in the "cloud," and the people with the most original or best ideas will get paid more, and those with nothing of interest will be paid the least. Someday just thinking will be working, and our thoughts will be used as input into the Matrix.

    Dec. 13 2013 11:50 AM


    Dec. 13 2013 11:49 AM

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