A few years ago, there was a story saying that taking too many selfies means you have a mental disorder named “selfitis”. It turned out to be a hoax, but now it’s actually confirmed – obsessive selfie-taking is a mental disorder and an addictive behavior. The fake news inspired psychologist to actually research the phenomenon, and they came to some interesting conclusions related to excessive selfie-taking.
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When Rebecca Brown set out on a mission to create a self portrait project almost seven years ago, the photographer knew she had a story to document that would not only serve as a coping mechanism to herself, but also help raise awareness of the multiple mental illnesses she struggles with on a daily basis.
An Edinburgh man was excited to get his Sony a7 IV he ordered online. However, he was scammed and received a suspicious package instead of the £2,400 camera.
When the package arrived at his address, there was no camera inside, or anything related to photographic gear. instead, the man received a box that contained bags of suspicious white powder.
From the moment we wake up in the morning to when we go to sleep at night, we check in on social media. A recent Statista survey found that the average social media user (59% globally) spends 2.5 hours logged in every single day. It’s not just changing how we socialize, but also how we work. Creatives spend an increasing amount of time networking and marketing their businesses on social media. And while it feels vital to be involved in your online networks, it can be a drain on our limited working hours. Social media for photographers is not just about sharing images to grow your following. You need to interact with your newsfeed and reply to comments, which can become all-encompassing and counterproductive.
These platforms are designed for ‘maximum engagement’, which means they have been devised so you spend as much time as possible on them. The question is how can photographers stay in the social media loop and develop a sustainable photography marketing strategy while leaving enough time for the rest of their workload?
Here’s a letter from me, a reformed influencer. We’ve covered the many changes to social media for photographers in 2022, including the VERO vs Instagram debate, the time we should spend on social media, and how Instagram is switching to a more video-centric feed. I’ve been thinking long and hard about social media for photographers, and I think I’ve cracked a piece of the puzzle. What I’ve found is particularly useful when it comes to mindfulness and mental health and here it is:
After a 14-year-old girl took her own life several years ago, both her parents and the public wondered how big of a role social media might have had in her suicide. According to coroner Andrew Walker: a big one!
Last week, Walker assessed the responsibility of social media in the suicide of yet another teenager. The girl reportedly watched and saved an enormous amount of content related to suicide and self-harm. According to Walker, the content that she liked or saved in the days prior to her death was “so disturbing” that even he found it “almost impossible to watch.”
It must be a strange feeling being up in space and witnessing potentially catastrophic events back down on planet earth. The sensations of both awe and impotence simultaneously could be enough to wreak havoc on your mental health.
So spare a thought for the astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) this week who have released stunning footage of Hurricane Ian seen from above.
Adobe has published a report about “The Future of Creativity”. The brand behind Photoshop and Lightroom discovered that more than 165 million creators joined the global creator economy in the last two years.
The study finds that the Creator Economy –the economy empowering people who are monetizing their content, goods and services online by leveraging their own creativity, talents and passions –grew by more than 165 million creators over the past two years to 303 million creators globally. Additionally, the study finds that the Creator Economy continues to grow and is reshaping every aspect of culture and society, from the future of work to social causes to mental health.
The parents of a young woman afflicted with a severe eating disorder are blaming Instagram in a lawsuit. Instead of blaming the content, however, they are targeting the accusations at the platform’s algorithms in an attempt to skirt around the Section 230 code.
The lawsuit filed in California federal court alleges Instagram’s parent company Meta purposely crafted products to addict young users, steering one 11-year-old girl down a years-long path of physical and psychological harm.
Instagram has introduced a new set of mindfulness-oriented tools. This time, it’s not about taking a break from scrolling, only about switching to a different topic if you’re dwelling on something long enough.
The new feature is meant for teens, nudging them away from content that might be harmful for them. However, users will get notified if they spend too much time exploring one topic, whether it’s considered harmful or not.