Holidays, children, natural phenomena: it’s easy to feel something didn’t happen unless you took a photo. But there are moments a picture can’t replicate

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I document most aspects of my life as they happen and have 74,000 photos on Dropbox. When I’m old and looking back, will this make me happier?

I had cause to think about this very question this week, while walking through the streets of Manhattan. It was the day of the eclipse, and 10 minutes prior to alignment most streets in my neighbourhood were thronged with small groups looking up at the sky. Or, I should say, looking up at their phones which were pointed at the sky.

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