Social media can feel like a way to escape the drudgery of everyday life, and people who excessively use it are often accused of being addicted. But according to a new study, those who document their existence are actually happier than those who don’t.
Researchers from the University of Southern California studied thousands of people in a series of tests, the results of which were published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. One of the experiments involved rigged glasses that tracked a user’s eye movement while navigating a museum. What USC found was that the subjects taking photos actually engaged with the work in a much more in-depth way than those who didn’t. The team believes that engagement usually directly correlates with joy, meaning those taking photos found the experience more pleasurable than those who didn’t.
Researchers were also quick to point out that although taking photos of an experience might make it more enjoyable, people shouldn’t rely on their cameras to improve a negative situation. For instance, subjects were taken on an African safari where they witnessed a lion attacking a water bowl. Those who documented the ordeal reacted more adversely to it than those who didn’t document it.
So the next time someone asks you to stop taking photos and live in the moment, point to this study and ask them to say cheese.
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