“Smartphones are replacing photo albums!” says smartphone manufacturer

The digital age comes with many advances, and just as many outmoded technologies left to fall by the wayside. Take, for instance, recent reports from the Daily Mail, Telegraph and Metro that the once-cherished family photo album is becoming a thing of the past:

Family albums fade as the young put only themselves in picture

Traditional photo albums are dying out as young people now take more pictures of themselves than friends and family, a survey suggests.

So-called “selfies”, where the photographer takes photos of themselves by holding their camera at arm’s length, have become the most popular image captured by young people.

They now account for 30 per cent of pictures taken by those aged 18-24, with men taking more photos of themselves than women, according to the poll.

Consequently, two-thirds of Britons now eschew displaying their photos in old-fashioned albums and prefer to catalogue their pictures on computers, tablets or smartphones instead.

Source: Telegraph, 17th June 2013

Digital, it seems, is king – with the once-loved practice of slipping printed photos into plastic wallets in increasingly-dusty family photo albums now long dead. Instead, photos are near-exclusively saved to online repositories like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with access to those sites – and the smartphone technology to make the most of them – crucial in the modern world. 

Just a third of those questioned said they still displayed images using an old-fashioned book, while 53 per cent claimed they preferred to use Facebook and only 13 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds said they had ever used an album.

Around one in five people take photos with the intention of posting them on sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, with 10 per cent of those polled saying their snaps were uploaded onto a website in less than a 60 seconds after they had been shot on a smartphone.

Or, at least, so says a survey by smartphone manufacturers Samsung:

“The growing trend in sharing photography online is also resulting in the death of the photo album,” said Samsung, which analysed the responses of 3,000 people collected by OnePoll.

While it’s undoubtedly true that the taking and sharing of pictures has moved almost exclusively online, it’s hard to see Samsung’s role in informing the world of this fact as anything other than self-serving market positioning and glorified advertising, as featured in at least three  national newspapers.