More the selfies, better you remember the trip, claims study

Published on : Thursday, November 17, 2016

selfieMore than 700 summer travellers from a half-dozen countries were surveyed and found that those who snapped photos and selfies on vacation are more likely to remember their vacations than those who didn’t.


The conventional wisdom, although, says that taking pictures reduces a traveller’s chance of remembering a trip’s details. And, sharing the same thread of belief, some people assumed that travelers who take selfies are less likely to remember their vacations than those who go device-free. The recent study, however, proved them wrong and said that travellers are 40% more likely to remember the trips.


The study was built by the University of Texas at Austin, led by psychologist Art Markman, with support by Hanover Research, and was funded aby vacation rental brand HomeAway.


The research also found that Instagram users were 24% more likely than Facebook users to have clear memories of how they felt during their vacations.


Another branch of the study revealed that budget travel has nothing to do with memorability of the trip whether they spend $100 or $5,000.


Travellers from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy were surveyed before, during, and after their vacations. it was found that travellers who spent more than two hours using phones and other devices were 26% less likely to remember vacation details. Just one hour of device usage each day led to an average of 43% greater difficulty in remembering their trips later, compared to those who worked less than an hour a day.


Does this mean that the whole new definition of modern day travellers is more about gadgets and technology? We say, it’s not that bad either till it serves as a memory aid.

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