Anna Gragert
October 29, 2015 2:04 pm

Most of us take photos. Of our faces. Of our cats in their slumber. Of our gorgeous lunches. Of beloved family members. So, you shouldn’t feel alone if you’re a fan of photography —because you’re in good company.

To figure out exactly how many photos we take every day (yes, including selfies), Intel and Lineage Labs interviewed 1,000 random, United States-based residents who are over the age of 18. What they found was that close to 50% of Americans take at least one photo every day. And those who are regular phone camera users? The average is five photos per day for these snapshot lovers.

As you can imagine, this adds up. Specifically, it adds up to at least 1,285 new photos on your device each year – but this already impressive number could be even higher for those (about 17% of Americans) who consistently love to capture their memories and store them in their phone.

Now, let’s talk about selfies. We’re surprised to hear that only 6% of photos taken in the U.S. are selfies. Then again, we’re not surprised to hear that the #1 reason for unfollowing someone is because they post too many selfies. (It happens to the best of us.)

In terms of the photos that are on your average American’s phone, the numbers look something like this: 29% are of friends and family, 20% are travel-related, 19% display kids, and 13% are of their furry friends. On the contrary, 16% of photos (which comes to about six photos per day) taken on an 18 to 24-year-old’s phone are selfies.

As you know, these photos don’t just sit on our phones and gather virtual dust. Since there are over 1.3 billion people using Facebook worldwide, that would explain why 42% of Americans share their pics on this platform. This increases when you look at the 18-to-24 group: 53% are shared to Facebook, 31% go to Instagram, 25% appear on Snapchat, and 15% end up on Twitter.

In the end, these are just very interesting numbers that have made us realize how much we believe in the power of photography and selfies. With that being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with these habits. If you are feelin’ your look, then expressing your self-love with a selfie is a truly beautiful, rad thing —and we support you one-hundred percent. And if you come across an absolutely adorable animal, then please do snap a pic and share it on social media (because we’ll all be better for it).

[Image via Shutterstock]

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