Photo-taking increases satisfaction with experience, according to study

10. Digital cameras
10. Digital cameras (iStock / sintendo)

Snapping a photo of a memorable moment can make an already positive experience even better, according to a study

Researchers at USC, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania had 2,000 individuals participate in different activities, such as a bus tour and eating food at a food court. The participants were either told to take pictures during the outings, or not. 

After the participants completed a survey about their enjoyment and engagement in the experience. The results revealed that enjoyment was much higher when pictures were taken. 

"One critical factor that has been shown to affect enjoyment is the extent to which people are engaged with experience," the authors said. 

The study also found when photo-taking could make an experience even worse: lugging around big camera equipment.