Apparently, yes. The first-person experience of being in the moment is altogether different than watching your experience on a screen after the fact and through the lens, literally, of someone else.

It makes sense that viewing one’s experience immediately after having the experience would reshape the details, the focus, even the entire memory. Now there is science-based evidence suggesting just that: Which is a startling reminder for me to check my automatic reflex that “needs” to take a picture or video of Karuna rather than fully be present to whatever it is he is doing. I’m not anti-photos or videos and they certainly bring joy to watch together but this piece makes the strong, science-based case for pausing before pressing play.

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