So I understand that when talking about quantum mechanics, quantum entities are assumed to exist as a probability wave, until they are "observed", which collapses the wave function into an observable particle.
The classic example would be the double-slit experiment, where the interference pattern tells us that the photon or electron must have been behaving as a wave until it is "observed" or "measured" by the detector, which collapses the wave to a single position.
As I have been reading more about this, what I don't understand is, why is "observation" or "measurement" the verb used here? It seems to me that "interaction" could be substituted as a functionally isomorphic term: e.g. the photon exists as a wave until it "interacts" with something which makes it collapse as a wave. Or in other words, the interaction is what collapses the wave function, and measurement is just one such type of interaction.
It seems to me this term change would preserve all the important causal relationships required to understand how quantum systems work, but would demystify a lot of the "spooky" interpretations of quantum mechanics: i.e. that consciousness is somehow involved in the makeup of the universe, and quantum particles somehow know when they're being watched.
Is there something I am missing which means that the term "observation" is actually carrying relevant semantic information which "interaction" would not with respect to quantum systems?