Why do people take pictures of everything?

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I've noticed that people seem to take pictures of everthing and anything these days. Like most days when I'm out, I see people taking pictures of themselves, their friends, their food, their pets and just random things.

I know most people have a camera on their phone so it is easy to do but really is there a point in taking a photo of every mundane little thing, it just seems a little strange.
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I can't understand either. The only thing I can think of is that the Japanese are rubbing off on us...

... Asian invasion!
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Instagram maybe?
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Because it gives them memories in a physical form, captures the world around them.

Ok, food seems a little far to me, but the rest I get.
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(Original post by SpiggyTopes)
I can't understand either. The only thing I can think of is that the Chinese are rubbing off on us...

... Asian invasion!
The Japanese take pictures of everything. The Chinese just make the cameras.
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I can see why people do it, it's a bit of a sorry sight when you realise how paltry your Facebook photos are, but God only knows how they've got the energy or how it even crosses their minds to take a photo.
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When people are more bothered about checking how an event unfolding before them looks on their camera than they are about the event itself, something has gone very wrong.
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Instagram and Facebook. I remember back in the old days before social networking, you could go on a night out and not a camera in sight. It was bliss.

Nowadays, people will take crap photos of absolutely anything ("HAHAHA LOOK AT THE LETTER I GOT FROM MY LANDLORD BECAUSE I HAVENT PAID MY RENT AGAIN LOL") and it's "73 likes" and "15 cretinous and smug comments" after about three minutes.
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I know what you mean, I know people who are really trigger happy with the camera. Everywhere you go, you see someone with a camera taking a picture of everything; don't people stop and take things in any more and even try to just remember them. Does experience really have to be documented and saved on a camera or PC and do people really look at that s***t.

Are peoples lives so dull that they sit around looking at things they already did? I remember going to a concert a few months back and watching the mooks around me watching it through their phone screens. I mean you're there why watch it through a 5 inch screen when its all around you. I don't buy this "capture the moment" crap; you're in the moment- experience it, don't f*****g capture it.

What it is with these tourists of life?
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(Original post by g_star_raw_1989)
I know what you mean, I know people who are really trigger happy with the camera. Everywhere you go, you see someone with a camera taking a picture of everything; don't people stop and take things in any more and even try to just remember them. Does experience really have to be documented and saved on a camera or PC and do people really look at that s***t.

Are peoples lives so dull that they sit around looking at things they already did? I remember going to a concert a few months back and watching the mooks around me watching it through their phone screens. I mean you're there why watch it through a 5 inch screen when its all around you. I don't buy this "capture the moment" crap; you're in the moment- experience it, don't f*****g capture it.

What it is with these tourists of life.
Maybe they want to show it to somebody else?
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Maybe they want to show it to somebody else?
Maybe. Depends what you value you more - enjoying the moment or enjoying people knowing that you were doing whatever you've documented.
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Erm... I only take pictures of things I find unusual when I'm out and about. I also take a picture record of every station I've been too. Sometimes I feel self-conscious about it as I find some people would tag me as a train-spotter which couldn't be further from the truth.
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I find it hilarious when you go to a gig and see people filming it on their phone.

Do they not realise that it's going to look awful? Just buy the DVD.

I also have no understanding of the people who have thousands and thousand of facebook photos documenting a load of almost identical nights.

I think I've got about 170 photos and I've had facebook since about 2007.
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Stewie sums this up perfectly:

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To try and display how significant their (usually insignificant) lives are to everyone to make them feel less significant.

I don't bother though, since it's mostly a pointless show of pretentiousness.
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Because every single moment of their life must be documented and put on facebook for people who don't give a flying **** to see.
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Because somewhere along the line, owning a camera became instantly equal to being a photographer, and people take photos of everything because they need the world to see just how good of a photographer they are.

I see it as an inferiority thing; they merely want acceptance, and think that this is the best way to get it.

Don't get me wrong, I take pictures of odd things at times, but I rarely feel the need to share them with the world and his wife.
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Basically it satisfies the natural collector in us for free.
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People are insecure, and want other people to see how much fun they're having.
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**** you
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