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Facebook debate: Too many pictures

Are we not properly cherishing special moments because we are overly focused on capturing them on our mobiles?

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Evolution of sharing

I think sharing is part of the cherishing now. There’s nothing wrong with it. Before social media, we would still share life experiences with people around us. This just means that sharing has revolutionised.

By no means am I advocating the likes of food Instagrammers and keyboard warriors.

From Mr Wasif Hashmi


Not as thrilling

I completely believe that we are missing these moments being stuck behind our screen. More than watching and enjoying capturing in our mobile, it is becoming an art of acting now among most of us. Enjoy the moment. The highlights can’t be as thrilling as the live show.

From Mr Murali Krishnan Parameswaran


Never used

You mean you don’t watch the firework show from Independence Day four years ago?

From Mr Jaques Grisham

Los Angeles, US

How to remember?

But we need to make it a memory!

From Mr Mohammad Osman

Abu Dhabi

An addiction

The problem is when you have a smartphone, you have access to all social networks. You need to capture every interesting moment. Later, you need to update social media, so you can get likes and comments.

Day-by-day it becomes an addiction. Your moments you are enjoying here on social media mainly.

From Ms Sibli Sadeque


We miss it

From children’s birthdays to that long-awaited family holiday, office parties to wedding celebrations, we all want to remember those cherished moments with a photograph, a video or a Facebook Live. I completely agree with Mr Murali Krishnan Parameswaran. We could end up forgetting it all in a matter of time. I have seen my friend taking more than 1,500 pictures for a day trip. Taking too many pictures may prevent us from forming detailed memories.

When I go out, I ask a hundred questions about the place to a guide or local person about the place I am visiting. Meanwhile my wife spends all the time taking pictures and going back home. I always tell her that she spends money to go out and take pictures!

After 10 years, if I show those pictures to my wife, all that she will remember is the place we visited while I can recollect all those detailed descriptions, because I had asked questions. Far from helping us to capture the moment, it could mean we miss what’s going on right in front of our eyes. Yes, we are not properly cherishing special moments, because we are overly focused on capturing them on our mobiles.

From Mr Huzefa Diwan


Benefits of both

Well, through our eyes and through a camera lens both have their own pros and cons. While through the eyes can become a fading memory, through a camera lens can help relive that memory again and again!

From Mr Amit Mahale


Precious memories

Why would you bother capturing a moment you don’t want to remember? I disagree! Photographs are precious memories, even if they are really bad ones.

From Ms Roxanne Royal


Be with loved ones

It’s okay to share, but it’s more important to care. Nowadays people want to show others how happy they are or what a lovely life they have. Most of the time it’s exaggerated. True happiness lies in spending time with your loved ones and being close.

From Mr G. Gaziani


Miss the memory!

I think it depends. A photo of an event for example is great, but if you only watch the entire event through a lens, then you have missed making that a memory to relive!

From Ms Elizabeth Antins

Penrith, UK

Put it aside

I put my mobile on the side while recording or capturing photo/video and I make sure I enjoy and cherish the moment myself.

From Mr Aakif Hassan


Live the moment

Obviously, the best moments are the ones you live and not capture.

From Mr Afash Khatib


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