As you can imagine, I’m always on the lookout for stories about babies and photography, and I recently found a highly interesting piece on the Telegraph website about the relationship between baby photography and social media. It was written in 2013 but I think it is still really relevant.
The Telegraph published some results of a survey that indicated that on average, in 2013, parents put a picture of their newborn baby up on a social network within an hour of the baby’s birth. This is a pretty incredible statistic, as it highlights for us just how big a role social media plays in our society. Social media users want their friends and associates to be able to see their child, and by the sounds of the survey, as soon as physically possible.
The survey also suggested that only 6% of parents never use social media sites to display photographs of their children. (I wonder if this has changed over the 5 intervening years?) This is again highly illuminating for us, as it shows us that social media is no longer a ‘young person’s thing’ but that as the MTV generation continue to grow up, the average age of the social media user is growing and growing with them. Parents want to share pictures of their children, and as the world becomes more and more technologically proficient, the percentage of the population not using social media becomes smaller and smaller.
The thing that I found most interesting about the survey was the fact that people want to share this most intimate of moments with the world around them, but don’t necessarily ensure that they have copies of photographs that they themselves can really treasure. I certainly think it’s really nice that people want to show their online associates their newborn baby, but I also think it’s really nice to have some lovely photos of a baby that are just that little bit more special in a frame at home.
Those who participated in the survey seem to agree, with 78% admitting that they didn’t feel like they had enough printed images of their children around their home. Social media is fantastic for connecting people, but the question is: is social media devaluing the photograph? Do people feel less inclined to have ‘personal’ photographs or to have photographs printed because they have a ready store of them online? The results of the survey certainly seem to suggest that. Personally, I love the fact that I have some gorgeous photos of my Alice in frames in my home. Sure, I’ve got the Facebook photos too, but I’m so glad that I’ve got something special and something tangible that I’ll be able to look at in the flesh in a few years time.
If you’re interested in reading the original Telegraph article, here’s the link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/10268615/Babies-appear-on-social-media-within-an-hour-of-birth.html
About the photographer: Sue is a professional portrait photographer based in Harlow, Essex and she specialises in baby and child portraiture. Being a parent, she understands just how special your child is to you and her aim is to produce a collection of images that are natural and meaningful to your family. No two moments are ever the same and she wants to perfectly capture those early precious memories and the natural character of your child. For more information please call 01279 433392, visit the Sue Kennedy Photography website and follow Sue on Facebook or Instagram.
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