Baylor University: When It Comes to Vacation Memories, ‘Focus before Facebook’

Baylor University: When It Comes to Vacation Memories, ‘Focus before Facebook’. “In this digital age, what’s more important when you’re on vacation — the experience itself or the selfie that proves you were there? If you want to preserve the memories, it’s best to process the experience before you post the photo — a modern-day twist on the adage ‘think before you speak,’ says Charles Weaver, Ph.D., professor and chair of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences.”

CNET: Over half of vacationers pick locales based on ‘Insta-worthiness,’ study finds

CNET: Over half of vacationers pick locales based on ‘Insta-worthiness,’ study finds. “More than half of US travelers chose their vacation destination based on how good the photos would look on Instagram, according to eDreams. US travelers come in third, however, after 58% of Italian travelers and 55% of Spanish travelers.”

Twin Cities Agenda: Jealous of vacation photos you see on social media? Look again, new study says

Twin Cities Agenda: Jealous of vacation photos you see on social media? Look again, new study says. “In an age where our self-worth is often quantified by the number of followers, likes, shares, etc. we get on our social media platforms, the need to represent ourselves in a certain way has never been stronger. We’re all celebrities now – at least according to our Instagram accounts. But, in the least-surprising revelation of 2018, these photos and posts don’t always tell the whole truth.”

Google Tweaks Its Travel/Vacation Searches

Google wants to make it easier for you to plan your vacation. “Now, when you search for specific types of hotels like ‘pet-friendly and under $175 a night,’ Google can surface results nearest you (or whatever location in your search query) that fits those requirements. You can also narrow results down by clicking various filters, like ‘budget’ or ‘luxury.'”

Backchannel: Instagram is Ruining Vacation

Backchannel: Instagram Is Ruining Vacation. “The phenomenon of photography annoying tourists is far from new. My parents wielded disposal cameras and Polaroids with the best of them, occasionally begging for at least one decent photo of my brother and me at the state fair, in front of the Golden Gate bridge, or smiling half-heartedly next to a mascot. My grandparents and their peers surely sat through the tediousness of home movies, slideshow sessions or guided photo album tours from friends and neighbors who were all too eager to brag about their recent safari or trip to Niagara Falls. Today, I treasure those family photos, especially the ones of generations of awkward siblings. But it never felt like the chronicling was the purpose of the trip, rather it was an afterthought.”