Last week we talked about cameras of yesteryear. Cameras that only took 24 pictures before you had to change the roll of film. But things have changed. Now almost everybody on the planet has a digital camera, either on their phone, or small enough to fit in the palm of their hand. We have memory cards that allow us to take hundreds of pictures. Whereas with the old-fashioned cameras we had to ration our photos, now we can take pictures with impunity. We can take 37 pictures of the sunset from our back porch. We can take 137 pictures of just 5 minutes of our child’s football game or dance recital. Why do we do this?
This past 4th of July, I took about 70 bazillion pictures of the fireworks until I realized I was missing them. I was trading my opportunity to feel patriotic as I enjoyed the wonder and splendor the fireworks for viewing them through a tiny window, stressing out about pushing the button at just the right time to get the perfect picture of the fireworks as they blasted, one by one into the sky.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this. People, we are missing our lives because we are so addicted to taking pictures of it! Pictures that eat up our computer memory and are never looked at again. Pictures that cause our phones to say, “Your storage is almost full. You can manage this in “settings.”
Comedian Jim Gaffigan has a hilarious interview where he talks about this. You can watch it by clicking here or by viewing it below. My favorite quote from the short video is, “It’s because we have the cameras on our phones. Do we need that? It’s not as if ten years ago we were like, ‘I wish I could take a low-quality photo of my dessert.'”
Seriously, all these pictures use valuable space on our electronic devices. Sometimes we download them onto our computers, which just sit there and take up more memory. I would wager that most of us have thousands, and perhaps tens of thousands pictures on our computers. It’s time to do something about this.
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