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In a Huffington Post essay, Christopher Reddy admitted to taking 5,000 photos of his son in the first year of his life and described how much he was now regretting the decision.
“While I cherish these photos, they came at a high price that I recognized only recently: I wasn’t participating in his growing up,” Reddy wrote. “I was watching him grow up through the screen of my smartphone.”
Not to mention the storage space he probably blew through holding that many photos of what probably looked like a wrinkly pink potato most of the time.
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Reddy chalks this up to a combination of him being a data-obsessed scientist and him feeling like he didn’t have enough photos of himself as a child. But it all came into clear focus when he was emailing family members one photo everyday.
Much like millennials who feel the need to illegally record every moment of a concert, Reddy learned the hard way that he should stop taking so many photos and just live in the moment.
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“Babies don’t care if you buy them the fanciest clothes or most expensive toys—and having extra photos of them should be added to the list,” he wrote. “They just want your love and attention, and you can do a much better job by not holding a phone.”
It’s a good lesson, and one that everyone with a smartphone could probably take to heart more. So hold your child close tonight—and resist the urge to snap a pic.
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Jaya Saxena is a lifestyle writer and editor whose work focuses primarily on women's issues and web culture. Her writing has appeared in GQ, ELLE, the Toast, the New Yorker, Tthe Hairpin, BuzzFeed, Racked, Eater, Catapult, and others. She is the co-author of 'Dad Magazine,' the author of 'The Book Of Lost Recipes,' and the co-author of 'Basic Witches.'