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I read a trippy @vice article today (link in my story), about how documenting experiences for social

I read a trippy @vice article today (link in my story), about how documenting experiences for social

I read a trippy @vice article today (link in my story), about how documenting experiences for social media sharing, can impair our ability to commit those experiences to long term memory. 😬
This is especially true with the story function of Snapchat or IG, and I think I’ve always intuitively felt it.
My distaste for stories began when my friends discovered them, and all of a sudden, every experience we had was being documented separately on 10 accounts at the same time.
Nothing kills a group vibe like everyone being focused on showing everyone who isn’t there, how amazing their experience is.
The whole thing has always felt fairly narcissistic, invasive, and generally pointless to me.
That’s why I story so little, even to the detriment of my account engagement.
But there is one saving grace: documenting experiences doesn’t always ruin your memories of them.
It depends on your intention during the process.
In order to deeply remember something, you need to experience an emotional reaction to your surroundings, that happens from being present and taking in all of the sensory information that memories are made from: the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and the tactile sensation of touch.
You miss these if your face is buried in your phone.
Whereas, if your intention in documenting something is derived from the significance of your emotional reaction to it, then the long term memories are still made.
But how often are we really being intentionally present while storying?
Not often, at least in my own experience.
Let alone while adding filters, text, GIFs, and all the other “tools” that are super effective at disconnecting us entirely from our surroundings.
I’m not saying don’t ever story again. I’m sure I’ll story again, and so will you. Don’t feel bad!
I’m just sharing this as a reminder to be intentional as we document and share, as well as to increase our collective awareness of how often we leave the present moment to share it with people who aren’t present, and how detrimental this can be to the quality of our experiences, and even our memories of them.
I’ll leave you with this question:
How often do you story with the intention of being present? 💗

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