Shelly Palmer Radio Report – December 16, 2013

A new study has determined that technology, like digital cameras, is making us more forgetful. Linda Henkel, a psychologist at Fairfield University recently found that people who think a computer will save their information – like pictures – will recall much less of it than people who thought the machine would delete it. Henkel said that the more easily we can take and access pictures, the less likely we are to remember the moment. Not all is lost when it comes to our phones, though. Henkel believes that tapping your screen to take a picture will help you remember it, because the tactile effect of taking the picture heightens your sense of ownership to the picture. Our phones have allowed us to outsource our knowledge and have given us easy access to answers to every question we could ever ask, but they’re also making memorable experiences more fleeting. So the next time you’re at a breathtaking scenic location, you might want to think twice before taking out your phone to capture the moment.


Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).