Remember to frame that vacation photo

Photo by Wells Baum

If you want to remember a vacation, you’re almost better off framing a picture rather than just posting it on your Instagram feed.

According to recent research, owning a physical photo is more likely to encourage someone to share their experience with others. It turns out that digital images are terrible cues.

“Back in the old days, we’d wait until we finished a roll of film and then bring it to the store to get printed. So waiting for the pictures kept the experience top of mind. Then, we’d take the pictures around to our friends one by one (or group by group) and get to share our experience over and over again. Now, we simply post it on social media once and we’re done.”


However, it’s not all digital media’s fault. It’s also our dwindling attention spans driven by the urge to consume what’s next. To echo Om Malik in a recent New Yorker piece: “We have come to a point in society where we are all taking too many photos and spending very little time looking at them.”

Apps like Timehop and Facebook’s “One year ago today” feature attempt to revitalize old posts to conjure up past memories. I personally recommend reviewing “On this Day” in Day One journal, not just for vacation recall but also to gain perspective on all life’s milestones, ups, and downs.

Whether it’s in the form of a framed photo, a souvenir, or relived Facebook post, you can extend any fond memory with subtle reminders.

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7 thoughts on “Remember to frame that vacation photo

  1. I have been really trying to live this over the past year. EVERYTHING is on Instagram.. All wrapped up in a pretty bow (at least on my feed). I want to remember it all ! Framed photos definetly help.

  2. I totally agree with this. I shared a lot of the pictures from my last trip to instragram. However, I also ordered prints and canvases as well, so shortly after we returned home I had photos to hang in my house and my office.

  3. You make a really good point. I used to print out ALL of my photos, but I take so many now, that there’s no way!! I do try to print out a couple to update frames once or twice a year, but my big project is a photo book that puts together the photos of the year, which helps me to relive all the big and small moments of our lives. I love putting it together, and I love sharing it with my friends and family.

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