The Instagram food-pic trend may have some science to support it: people who were encouraged to take photos of their lunch were more immersed in their meals than those who didn’t take any.
“You actually look at the world slightly differently when taking photos–you’re looking for things you want to hang on to,” says Diehl. “That gets people engaged in the experience, and they tend to enjoy it more.”
People who took photos while on a cultural tour enjoyed the experience significantly more than those who didn’t. Taking photos directs attention, which heightens the pleasure of your viewing experience.
This appears in the June 27, 2016 issue of TIME.