People who post many selfies are often characterized as “narcissistic.” However, people’s need to take and share photos of themselves is way more complex than that. In a recent study, researchers at Ohio State University explored the reasons for taking a selfie as opposed to taking photos without you in them. It contains plenty of interesting insights, none of which have anything to do with narcissism and vanity.
These are the most complained about cameras in the world
We often joke that people complain a lot about certain camera manufacturers or the cameras themselves. Whether it’s overheating issues, terrible autofocus or a host of other things that don’t quite live up to the marketing hype, complaints are common. But what are the most complained about cameras out there on the market today? Well, the folks at Electronics Hub decided to find out.
In a recent study, Electronics Hub studied thousands upon thousands of tweets that mention popular tech products and gave each of them a score based on how many complaints they had received. While their study wasn’t limited to just cameras, but all electronics, the camera section is quite interesting. And what’s most interesting is that the top 10 list contains the last three iterations of the GoPro Hero Black.
Photo reminiscence therapy helps treat dementia patients, a new study shows
Photos, especially printed ones, have the power to throw us back in time and evoke strong emotions within us. But they also have healing power for those suffering from dementia. Recent research has shown the benefits of photo reminiscence therapy (pRT) for dementia patients. But it’s even more interesting that they don’t need images from their lives – even generic stock photos will do. [Read More…]
Study reveals what your Instagram profile says about your relationship
Social media have definitely reshaped our lives and our views of the world and ourselves. Therefore, there have been more and more studies researching how social networks affect us and what they tell about us. In a recent study, researchers at Arizona State University examined what our Instagram profiles tell about our relationships, and their findings may surprise you.
There are no ethical camera brands, study finds – Buy used instead
“Ethical consumerism” is defined as a type of “consumer activism”. The idea is that the concept of voting with your wallet to convince companies to adopt a more “ethical” approach to their product creation and general operating procedures. Supporting small-scale manufacturers and local artisans, protecting animals and the environment.
One such UK-based organisation on the topic is Ethical Consumer, which has been around since 1989 and rates companies based on how ethical they are. In a recent study of camera manufacturers, however, they found that there isn’t a single ethical camera manufacturer out there, recommending to boycott the lot and simply buy used.
Selfie culture: what your choice of camera angle says about you
Over the past decade, selfies have become a mainstay of popular culture. If the #selfie hashtag first appeared in 2004, it was the release of the iPhone 4 in 2010 that saw the pictures go viral. Three years later, the Oxford English Dictionary crowned “selfie” word of the year.
Frequent selfie posters are seen as less likable, less successful and more insecure, new study claims
Selfie is a phenomenon so frequent in the 21st century that it has inspired quite a few psychological studies so far. The latest one was conducted Washington State University psychologists, comparing people who post selfies and those who post photos taken by someone else. Will it surprise you if I say that the result is not encouraging for frequent selfie posters at all? According to this study, those who frequently post selfies are perceived as being “less likable, less successful, more insecure and less open to new experiences” than those who post photos taken by others.
Study reveals that firing all the news photographers was a bad idea
In the last couple of years, photojournalists have been laid off from large media companies. Along with this, did the quality of photos drop? A recent study has confirmed what many of us think is reasonable: laying off professional photojournalists leads to a loss in the quality of images. And it’s not only the loss of technical quality but so much more.
Taking a photo of something makes you forget it more easily, study finds
Whether you are a professional or a hobbyist photographer, or just take occasional snaps with your smartphone – you probably sometimes take photos to remember certain events. But a recent study suggests that, when you do this, you actually achieve the opposite: taking a photo of the event makes it less likely to remember.
Taking a photo a day improves your well-being, study finds
Taking a photo a day or “365 Day Project” is probably one of the most well-known photography challenges. While it works for some photographers, it’s not as good for the others – but a recent research shows that taking a photo each day can, in fact, be good for your well-being.
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