Young adults are hoarding a combined 10 millions photos on their smartphones, study finds

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Similarly, more than a third of 18- to 24-year-olds have been more conscious of preserving their memories since the start of the pandemic.

A whopping 97 percent of all adults surveyed admitted they keep old photos tucked away in online cloud services – with the average person only returning to view old images once a month.

This is despite claiming that looking at old images makes them feel more positive (50 percent), calmer (24 percent) and loved (21 percent).

An additional third of people claim looking at past memories helps to brighten their day.

The research was commissioned by Fujifilm, which is encouraging people to unlock hidden memories trapped inside their cameras.

Daria Kuss, an Associate Psychologist at Nottingham Trent University, said: “The pandemic has undoubtedly affected the way we interact with technology, with more of us using it to support our everyday lives in various ways.

“This research shows that it’s the younger generation who feel most concerned about the effect of the pandemic on their memories, and so are using technology – specifically their phones – to capture and hoard images to help them preserve everyday moments.

“Photographs come with emotional ties and they can transport us back to a moment in time, which can have a positive impact on our mental wellbeing.

“Image hoarding doesn’t allow us to reap these benefits, though.

“Instead, I would recommend displaying photos around the house, and viewing the images you have stored regularly – as research has showed that looking at your photos makes you feel more positive, calmer and loved.”

While younger adults may be the worst culprits for image-hoarding, they’re not the only ones guilty of racking up pictures in their storage.

More than three-quarters of all those polled regularly use their smart phone to take pictures, with 77 percent agreeing it helps them capture life’s most important moments.

It also emerged women are far less likely to delete old photos than men, of which nearly a quarter claimed they have no problem deleting old pictures.

Men were also more likely to delete photos of pets, holidays, and photos of family and friends, when compared with the females surveyed.

Image hoarding also affects finances, with 12 percent of working adults confessing they’re spending up to £5 every month on additional phone storage to help make space on cluttered phones – a whopping £300 million spent annually.

Seven in ten adults also confessed to transferring old images onto new smartphone devices, without filtering or organising – adding to the country’s growing image hoarding problem.

The survey also revealed nearly one in five are storing photos that are at least a decade old – with those in East Anglia, London and the East Midlands the worst offenders, according to the OnePoll.com figures.

Theo Georghiades, general manager at Fujifilm, added: “We want to encourage everyone to live and re-live life’s best moments through photography, regardless of whether that’s on your smartphone, a digital or an instant camera.

“What our latest research shows is that, whilst we are pretty good at capturing our memories, we aren’t always that great at making the most of them afterwards, and are letting them sit forgotten for months and in some cases, for years on end.

“Our mission is to help everyone remember, and most importantly enjoy, those precious memories by unlocking them with printing.

“Not only is this a great and easy way to free up some storage on your smartphone, it also allows you to enjoy those sentimental snaps every single day – which we know from our research can have a positive impact on people’s mood and wellbeing.”

TOP 10 MOST COMMON PHOTOS STORED IN BRITISH PHONES:

  1. Family
  2. Travel
  3. Pets
  4. Landscapes/scenery
  5. Friends
  6. Random screenshots
  7. Selfies
  8. Food
  9. Work-related content
  10. Memes/GIFs

Published at Thu, 03 Mar 2022 09:43:40 +0000

Young adults are hoarding a combined 10 millions photos on their smartphones, study finds