"When are you actually going to watch that video of the fireworks?"
"Can you put your phone away when we hang out?"
"But first, lemme watch you take a selfie."
I was talking with a friend at a tailgate the other day and we were exchanging travel stories. She admitted that she is the type of person who tries to schedule as much as possible when shes on vacation. You know the type: do as much as humanly possible, take tons of photos during the process, and feens for the WIFI in order to upload the pictures before anyone else.
In the past I would typically get on my high horse about living in the moment or talk about how our generation is obsessed with social media and 1-upping each other... but instead I said, "Hey, whatever helps you enjoy it." My response was due to thinking a lot about the topic recently.
I saw this photo on reddit the other day with the title "The Difference Between Generations." It's a photo that illustrates the younger generation trying to get a picture of something (I think it's the pope?) and an elderly lady sitting with a soft smile just enjoying what shes seeing. It's a great picture and plenty of great little nuggets like the man from the baby-boomer generation who appears to be struggling with technology.
If you have more time here's a great read about Millennials and why they're so obsessed with food. Anthony Bourdain has a great quote within about why he posts pictures of food: “to share the experience with friends, to develop my brand as a food writer and maybe, if I’m being honest with myself, to show off.” The article goes into the psychology of food as a resource and what it means to show off to people that you're eating well. I think it's interesting that we feel the need to show others that we're having a good time via club-selfies, pictures of sunsets, pictures of food, etc.. Digging deeper, it's the desire to develop social currency and creating "our brand" among our friends. I never really thought about why I take pictures of food and told myself "so I can remember if what I ate was good or not." but I do think there is truth to what the article and what Anthony Bourdain said.
While I feel that it's important to be present to the moment and that documenting your life can distract you from actually living it... I now understand that people enjoy things in different ways. I recently had an awesome adventure that wouldn't be possible if my friend didn't care about taking photos of stuff. An entire night was spent "trying to get a good picture of the Super Blood Moon." It turns out weather didn't permit, the photo was awful, and there were some really great photos online afterwards taken by professionals... but that doesn't change the fact that we hung out and got lost together while having a great time. The next time I'm hanging out with a friend and they want to whip out their camera/phone... instead of rolling my eyes I'll try and remember how I'm feeling in this moment and just say, "Go ahead, take a picture."