“As ‘being present’ becomes increasingly part of our conversation around mindfulness, truly being able to stay disconnected from social media seems to grow more difficult with each passing year. The rapid-fire rhythm of the digital universe doesn’t let up, nor does the pressure to keep up. And while we feel the problem poignantly on a voluntary, consumer level, it’s exacerbated when we feel like we have to post against our will.” In Vice, Eda Yu explains how documenting our lives for Snapchat and Instagram can decrease the likelihood of retaining those moments as a significant memory: Social Media Is Ruining Our Memories. (Ironically, social media has also contributed to making this an era many would like to forget.)

+ I’ve long believed that no technology has changed our relationship with identity and memory quite like digital photography. I wrote about the issue almost a decade ago. (The one thing I never forget is where to link to my own writing.) This is You on Smiles: We All Have Photographic Memories Now.