Web heralds ‘death of photo album’

The growing trend of sharing photographs online heralds the “death” of the traditional photo album, according to a new study.

It found two thirds of Britons now catalogue their pictures on computers, tablets or smartphones.

Around one in five people take photos with the intention of posting them on sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, it revealed.

Meanwhile the so-called “selfie” – a snap taken by the photographer holding a camera at arm’s length – has become the most popular image captured by young people.

These account for 30% of the pictures shot by those aged 18-24 and, according to the study, men take more pictures of themselves than women.

Some 10% of those consulted said their photographs were “gone in 60 seconds”. This means they were captured on a smartphone and zipped on to a website in less than a minute.

A further 52% of Britons said they ensured their photographs were shared online within a week.

On average, 1.9 billion photographs are taken each month in Britain and 328 million of these shared online, electronics giant Samsung said.

The firm, which analysed data collected by OnePoll, said people were now taking pictures more than ever before.

But it added: “The growing trend in sharing photography online is also resulting in the death of the photo album.”

Just a third of those questioned said they still displayed images using an old-fashioned book. More than half – 53% – claimed they preferred to use Facebook and only 13% of 18 to 24-year-olds said they had ever used an album.

Other findings from the study – which was designed to provide insight into photography and photo sharing trends – revealed barriers such as difficulties downloading pictures meant 34% of people did not share any of their photos.

Simon Stanford, vice president of Samsung’s IT and mobile division in the UK and Ireland, said: “People are taking more photos than ever before and with more than 91% of adults regularly using social networks, they naturally want to be able to share their pictures instantly with their friends and family.”

Some 3,000 people were consulted by OnePoll for the study.

Do you use a digital camera?  Where do you put your photos?

The following two tabs change content below.
Mother of three grown-up daughters I am the ultimate multi-tasker and am passionate about my role as Silversurfers Website Editor and Social Media Manager. Always on the lookout for all things that will interest and entertain our community. Fuelling fun for the young at heart!

Latest posts by Sally - Silversurfer's Editor (see all)

Leave a Comment!

Not a member?

You need to be a member to interact with Silversurfers. Joining is free and simple to do. Click the button below to join today!

Click here if you have forgotten your password

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!