How Photography Is Affecting Our Brains | Tech Effects | WIRED

  • Published on:  1/3/2019
  • We take millions of photographs. How are all of our snaps affecting our eyes, brains, and bodies? WIRED Senior Editor Peter Rubin looks at the ways that selfies can distort our self perception, shoots with a pro photographer, and examines the way that all those images are affecting our moods and memory.Follow the links below to read more about the research we used in this - “Use Science (Not Surgery) to Create Your Best Selfie”: Paskhover study on nasal distortion in selfies: perspective manipulator created by researcher Ohad Fried: Mills study on selfies and mood: Barasch study - “How Taking Photos Increases Enjoyment of Experiences” Barasch study - “How the Intention to Share Can Undermine Enjoyment: Photo-Taking Goals and Evaluation of Experiences” Barasch study - “Photographic Memory: The Effects of Volitional Photo Taking on Memory for Visual and Auditory Aspects of an Experience” haven’t subscribed to WIRED on YouTube? ►► Also, check out the free WIRED channel on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV. Here you can find your favorite WIRED shows and new episodes of our latest hit series Masterminds.ABOUT WIREDWIRED is where tomorrow is realized. Through thought-provoking stories and videos, WIRED explores the future of business, innovation, and culture.How Photography Is Affecting Our Brains | Tech Effects | WIRED


  • Andrew Selby 5 months ago

    You needed a guy with a PhD to tell you a wide angle lens up close distorts your face?!?

  • shikhar priyadarshi 5 months ago

    Thank you idubbz, very cool

  • Jeremiah Watson 5 months ago

    Wired: Why do selfies look off in the first place?(Let's ask a plastic surgeon and not a photographer)

  • LuminaPursuit 4 months ago

    Anyways, plastic surgeons constantly see patients who want their face surgically "improved" - of course he's going to have credibility because this trend is likely a problem in the plastic surgery world, if people base their decisions for reconstruction off distorted images

  • tw06le1 5 months ago

    99.9% of phone buyers are not photographers, so they will never understand what 35mm or 24mm lens at various distances does to the face as Distortion- "Bulging out effect in the middle of the photo"Apps make photography seem less technical than it is & the untrained eye will never see a difference."A lady once tried to argue that the photos she took with her iPhone of another photo, with even the Pink Case casting a hue via the flash, was better than a $3000 DSLR Camera $2000 ...

  • Lillian Sanders 5 months ago

    I’m not a professional photographer, but I’m learning a lot about its technical procedures and gears. The thing is, nowadays, thanks to digital photography, people don’t think about the composition of the image before snapping a picture. They just go straight for the shot and repeat it as many times it is necessary until they’re satisfied.

  • Nana Amoako 5 months ago

    smh. There are people who think they know everything. I know this girl who takes photos that are no where near straight then takes directly to instagram. Honestly i think if we were to straighten the image, so much would be left out.

  • IronDragonPcGaming 5 months ago

    I like how this plastic surgeon did a big research paper on something all professional photographers already know... gj smh

  • Saphire1993 29 days ago

    Yeah but the plastic surgeon did a research project and documented everything which turned it into science instead of something "everyone knows"

  • Claudia Rodriguez 5 months ago

    Right but clearly his patients are not in the know (and probably are not all professional photographers) so he felt the need to do it.

  • hopscotch39 5 months ago

    “Selfies aren’t what you actually look like.” The most reassuring words I’ve heard in years

  • _Bob McCoy 5 months ago

    *_Instagram wants to know your location_*

  • Alex Vargas 5 months ago

    *I blame Nickleback for making us look at his photograph.*

  • NoirTech 2 months ago

    Def Leppard did it first

  • SDM17RG 5 months ago


  • Felice Landry 5 months ago

    "Human's took.." I wonder how many were taken by non-humans

  • Jonothan Peanut 5 months ago

    WAIT I MINUTE i see wat u mean

  • vishu gondaliya 5 months ago

    you got point there :))

  • BR/NDO 5 months ago

    Knew it wasn't my fault my selfies were ugly

  • Silas Willoughby 5 months ago

    Did you forget to color grade a large portion of this video?

  • Ky Swadling 4 months ago

    @Sir Knight The talking to camera portions of the video looks like they were shot in a log profile or at least a low contrast, low saturation profile. This is usually done for the specific purpose of color grading, as it gives the editor more room to play with exposure, contrast and colors. So while not all video needs to be graded, It is obvious that they shot this with the intention of grading later, because it looks pretty flat and boring without a grade in my opinion.