Instagram guilt is real. (Hello, you should be living in the moment!) But according to a new study, pausing what you’re doing to snap a pic will actually make you more engaged in the experience.
The research--published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology--explains that taking photos actually boosts your enjoyment of positive situations (like that delicious dinner or epic sunset.) This is because the very act of snapping a pic directs extra visual attention to what you’re doing, which heightens the moment so you appreciate it even more.
There is one exception: The key is to take the photo and move on. Spending the following 19 minutes choosing the perfect filter will interfere with the experience and negate the joy, according to researchers.
So, go ahead--take a bunch of pics. Then put your phone away.