Ever since the introduction of smartphones and cameras, we have become heavily reliant on their usage, their effects being clearly outlined to us on our so-called ‘vacations and getaways’. All we want to engage in is clicking photographs at the various picturesque locations, a practice which I personally also tend to follow, rather than absorbing the ambience of the place. After all, it’s not too often that all the variables in nature interact so harmoniously to form the perfect equation, which we refer to as ‘beautiful’.
Unfortunately, most of us, including myself, wish to store these moments in time as snapshots so as to revisit them in the future. But do we really revisit these photographs?
The frequency of us visiting these pictures is dependent on an algorithm which itself is based on the size of storage of the device, which roughly goes like-
Initially, we tend to store the snapshots in our mobiles, the newer ones replacing the older ones in the memory of the device and so forth.This condition is valid until one either runs out of storage space or finds it pointless to store them.
The fate of the older ones; they are “backed up” by us on another subset of devices -desktops or laptops. Here again, the contents’ accommodation varies from individual to individual based on their interests; one may prefer desktop games to software, the permutations being endless.
The limited storage capacity of these devices leads us to the shift the contents from these to yet another set of devices referred to as ‘hard-disks’, which is nothing more than an electronic garbage bin, a residue of all forlorn data.
So, the transference of our data progressively into a lesser accessible means of storage simply leads to a gradual disappearance of their mental imprints from our memories.
Why not witness the actual scenery and store it in the supercomputer that each one of us is fortunate to have unlimited access to our brains, a physiological marvel in the process of biological evolution. The memory center in the brain referred to as the hippocampus, is far more superior than any computer we have yet developed and yet we don’t utilize it judiciously.
However, I do emphasize that to create a stronger mental imprint of these memories in our brains, we should follow a methodical manner, one in which we can easily retrace the snapshots based on a few visual cues: the trick being in finding that optimum balance.
The rapid rise and exponential development of artificial intelligence in our society has led us to become complacent, which in the long run will handicap us rather than benefit us.
A gentle warning for all those photoholics out there, if you really want to soak in the experience of your travels and the cultural diversity it has to offer, get your eyes clicking!