KCBS_740 SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — We all know one of those people who takes photos at every opportunity, holding their phones in front of their faces and concentrating more on capturing the moment than being in it, but it turns out that taking photos of an experience can make you enjoy it even more.

The research, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology shows that those perpetual Instagrammers might have the right idea.

“We find that taking photos actually can draw you into the experience more, and make you more engaged,” USC Marshall School of Business Associate Professor Kristin Diehl told KCBS.

Diehl was lead author of the study, and along with her fellow researchers, conducted experiments on photo taking during experiences that included sight-seeing, dining, and going to a museum.

The study found that people taking pictures of an event or experience reported enjoying it more, and even being more engaged than those who didn’t take pictures.

“Photo taking, if you do it actively, actually forces you to look at what you want to capture in this experience and these moments, and that actually focuses you on what is in front of you,” Diehl told KCBS.

 

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