SPOKANE, Wash. - It's never been easier to capture the moment. The cameras on our phones are better than most point-and-shoot digital cameras on the market. But, it often means we see the world through a lens instead of experiencing the moments. Step two of the challenge: a photo-free day.
This was the challenge single working mom Phaedra Hansen was worried most about. Her son Sebastian has one of those smiles you can't help but capture on camera. It gives Phaedra an excuse to carry the phone everywhere.
"My mentality is, I need to have it on hand to take pictures of my son," she says.
Financial planner Mike Welch doesn't take a lot of pictures on his phone, so he wasn't worried. But, he does worry about the effects our smartphone addictions and life through the lens has on his kids.
"What are we losing by not having that face-to-face interaction?" he wonders.
If those are his fears, college student and kxly4 producer Kelsie Morgan isn't doing much to quell them. She's on Snapchat all day long, snapping pictures to send to her group of friends.
"I would look at someone who would stop on the street and take a selfie and say, 'what are you doing?'" she admits. "[But] they're probably Snapchatting, which is normal to my generation."
All that picture taking means few meaningful moments go by without us capturing them. One study shows Americans take more than ten billion pictures a month and 75 percent of those are taken with our phones. Snapchat users like Kelsie share 8,796 pictures every second. And, don't even get us started on all those Instagram pictures of our lunch.
The reality is that looking through the lens often means we're not experiencing the moment. So, while challenge two was a little tough for Kelsie, she found other ways to communicate. And, while Phaedra struggled a bit not to capture pictures of adorable Sebastian, it didn't mean she experienced life with him any less.