My Buddhist training has me ‘being present’ all the time. The real world is perceived by ‘being present’ and it is a wonderful world when we are ‘immediate’ and immersed in it. Many other trainings teach the same discipline, whether martial arts, military flight school or the police academy.
I think it is bad. It does take me out of my ‘present, immediate’ state.
But I also think it is excusable on a modest scale.
We lead long lives. Our memories of those long lives are fungible, usually gone. We have limited memory capacity. As Alfred Kinsey pointed out, every time he learned a new student’s name he forget the name of one of the 30,000 gall wasps he had memorized. Finite memory.
In my earlier writing I speculated that humans have only a 4 to 8 megabyte memory bank. (Assuming images are compressed into only a few bytes for each image moving or still).
So we need to take photos or videos of some events to supplement our memory limitations.
That only justifies a few photos, not the endless use of cameras that is so common. A few photos are excusable.