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Jacquie Whitt's island trip with a group of teenagers was memorable. Not just for the scenery and wildlife, but also for the way the kids preserved their memories. It was, said Whitt, a "selfie fest."
For this generation, "digital devices are now part of the interpretive experience," said Whitt, co-founder of Adios Adventure Travel.
But some adults see selfies as distractions. And they point to examples. These include a smiling selfie from Auschwitz posted to Twitter that went viral. Adults say this is proof of the potential for poor judgment when young travelers use social media.
A Fairfield University study found museum visitors remember more about what they've seen if they don't take photos of the objects they're viewing.
Breanna Mitchell, the young woman who took the smiling Auschwitz selfie, told TakePart Live the selfie was misinterpreted. Her selfie from the grounds of the concentration camp was her way of saying, "I finally got where me and my daddy had always said we were going to go," she said.
Still, most travel selfies are innocent and purely celebratory.
Critical thinking challenge: List three benefits of selfies.