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“No Photos, Please!” – Study Reveals 15% of Brits Don’t Take Photos

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Taking photos has never been easier than in the last 10 years, thanks to smartphone development. The latest data from photutorial reveals that in 2024, there will be 1.93 trillion photos taken worldwide. For an average American, that’s 20 photos per day. Brits are no different, as previous stats from 2019 revealed that on average, they take 884 photos each year, 468 of which are selfies. In fact, people in the UK take so many photos that 97% of those taking them admit that they “shelf” them on a cloud service. 

A new study from Currys of 2,018 participants across the UK reveals another side to the digital clutter, as 15% of Britons admit they never take any pictures. 

Data shows that of all the participants in the study who claim they don’t take photos, 64% are men and 36% are women. Numbers also point to a “no snap” attitude being a generational choice, as over half (51%) are over the age of 55 and nearly a fifth (19%) are between 45 and 54 years old. Among participants aged 35–44, only 13% don’t take pictures, 6% between ages 25–34, and 11% of the youngest ones, aged 16–24.

The study, while researching the UK’s photo-taking habits, also examined the nation’s photo-printing ones. The same percentage (15%) of Brits who don’t take photos also do not display any photos in their homes. Yet at the same time, nearly half (46%) of the nation agrees that looking at photos makes them feel happy.

Again, men are taking the lead, with 61% saying they do not have any photos displayed in their homes, while only 39% of women say the same.

Numbers also show that older generations are the ones who don’t hang their memories around the house; nearly half of them (49%) are older than 55, and more than a fifth (21%) are between 45 and 54 years old.

Cheryl Sanford, an MBACP senior accredited psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, explains that a number of factors may be influencing this attitude. She stated: “Various factors, such as limited space, relationship dynamics, emotional distance, loss or grief, or even privacy, as some people prefer to keep their family lives and personal spaces private, can influence the decision to not display photos of loved ones in the home. Also, choosing not to display photos may be of religious or cultural origin,, as there can be specific taboos about displaying photos of the deceased.”

Surprisingly, younger generations are the ones that print photos more, despite the fact they have grown up in a digital era. 87% of Brits younger than 25 turn their digital memories into physical ones and display them in their homes. That number is even higher for people between 25 and 30, where 92% print photos.

When asked who is the subject of the photos most likely to make it off the cloud and into the home, 36% of Brits stated that they print the most photos of their children and grandchildren. But more than a fifth (22%) have printed photos of pets, which beat photos of friends, parents, and selfies for a spot on the wall. 

Rank  

What are most of the photos you print?  

% of Brits that print their photos and what is on 

My children/grandchildren 

36% 

Pets/animals 

22% 

Friends 

19% 

Parents 

15% 

Scenery 

15% 

Wider family 

15% 

Myself in a group setting or with others 

13% 

Myself 

12% 

Events (concerts, football matches, etc.) 

7% 

As viewing photos makes almost half of the nation happy, and people like to reflect to their memories and loved ones, Sanford explained the positive impact of taking photos. “Photography can have a positive impact on our psychological well-being whether we are viewing or taking the photographs. There are various perceived benefits for each individual engaging in photography both for self-growth and improved mental health. Photography can open communication and connectedness allowing individuals to connect with others by expressing their emotions and experiences.  

“Photography can cover many areas of our life to aid wellbeing, becoming a memory aid to help recall times and experiences past. Encouraging us to stay with a precious moment and becoming mindful of things we may have otherwise missed.”

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