Group photograph
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Are smartphones killing memories?

21 June 2013 Last updated at 07:54 BST

The habit of taking photographs, usually with our phones, of anything and everything is everywhere - instead of enjoying things or engaging in them, there is a growing habit just of photographing them.

It is as if first hand events are not real unless we have a photo, and can experience them second hand.

When, for example, the Queen recently opened the BBC's Broadcasting House, she could hardly be seen for all the people holding up their phones.

Newsnight's Stephen Smith reports.