Capturing and creating moments

From Snapchat and Instagram to Twitter and Facebook, almost every high school student has some social media that they visit on a regular basis.

By Mercedes Gray-Davis

From Snapchat and Instagram to Twitter and Facebook, almost every high school student has some social media that they visit on a regular basis. Capturing moments and posting them to whatever social media outlet can take a toll on creating memories. So which is better, creating or capturing moments?

“Without being there to create memories, there’s nothing to capture, so I think it’s so much more worth it to be in the moment,” says junior Naomi Ezra.

Many people lose themselves in living behind a lens, by logging onto their social media accounts and worrying about what others think of them that they can forget what’s right in front of them.

Matthew Kim, junior, comments, “I wouldn’t experience as much fun because I’m not really in the moment, so I’d much rather have my phone away and not just have my phone out taking pictures all the time.”

As fun as it may be to post things about your life on Instagram or Snapchat, students agree that although capturing moments are special and something to look back on, that living the memory is more important.  “At the end of the day, we still have memories and those are powerful,” states Troy Theriot, teacher.

However, the incentive to capture memories is also very clear. Looking back on the times and remembering events that happened can be nostalgic and fulfilling. Students also realize that capturing the moment can be powerful as well.

Having a physical photo to help collect that memory can be very powerful to have, thus making it a very popular choice for people to want to document their adventures. Memories can be forgotten, but pictures can help boost those memories back to life.

Being able to put your phone away and actually enjoy the time you’re spending with friends and family is most rewarding. Overall, the best memories are ones that have been lived in the moment without any distraction, but instead just living life to the fullest with those around you.


Different social media outlets. Photo Courtesy of Brafton.

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