More than half (54 percent) of Internet users have posted an original photo or video online and almost half (47 percent) have shared photos or videos that they found elsewhere, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project.
Here is more from Pew’s site:
The mobile landscape has also added to photo- and video-sharing. Apps like Snapchat and Instagram have capitalized on the ubiquity of cell phones and smartphones that make it simple to upload and share images. Some 9% of cell phone owners use Snapchat and 18% use Instagram. This is the first time the Pew Internet Project has asked cell owners about Snapchat and Instagram.
“Sharing photos and videos online adds texture, play, and drama to people’s interactions in their social networks,” stated Maeve Duggan, the author of the Pew report. “Pictures document life from a special angle, whether they relate to small moments, personal milestones, or larger news and events. Mobile connectivity has brought these visuals into countless lives in real-time. This all adds up to a new kind of collective digital scrapbook with fresh forms of storytelling and social bonding.”