"I have, certainly, a wealth of memories from preadolescence. But very few, if any, match up with photos I have seen. If there is a picture of me at a birthday party, it’s a good bet that I have no independent memory of being there. The disjunction may be a coincidence; after all, there are infinite moments to potentially remember and a finite number of photos capturing them. Or it could be that these photos I have seen over the years — my static, analog redos — have pushed out my own recollections.
Are shutterbug parents wiping away their mental databases of experiences with their offspring while bulking up their digital ones? And when children grow up reviewing thousands of pictures and hours of video of their young lives, will these images supersede their memories?"