A picture is worth a thousand words, and social media is brimming with them. From the very moment you log in to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat, pictures are right there filling up your news feed. Photography, like any form of art, is constantly changing, and more people are taking photos than ever to keep up with friends, share memories and express their creative side.
The rise of social media is partly the reason people are taking so many photos today. Platforms like Facebook make it incredibly easy to share information with the people that matter most to you. With over 1.5 billion monthly active users, according to Statista, it's very likely that a large portion of the people you know are on it and use it to connect with others. And with so many people being just a click away, it's so easy to share something like a fond memory with them.
Another reason why photography has become so popular over the past decade is the advancement of technology. High-quality photography used to require expensive equipment. These days, however, professional-looking results can be achieved with your average cell phone. Cell phones are expensive, but almost everyone has one, and many consider it to be a fundamental need. With almost all phones being equipped with cameras nowadays, this means that almost everyone is empowered to take photos at a moment’s notice.
The combination of these two factors has taken photography down some pretty interesting and unique paths lately, one of which is the increasing popularity of selfies. Popularized by people taking front-facing photos with their cell phones, selfies are one of the most commonly shared types of photos on social media. However, humans are not the only ones who love taking them.