November 30, 2015

Pew Internet Releases Findings About Online Photo and Video Sharing Creators and Curators

From the Pew Internet and American Life Project:

More internet users are using photos and videos as a social currency: 54% of internet users have posted original photos or videos to websites and 47% share photos or videos they found elsewhere online.

Young adults and women lead the way in each of these activities. Cell phones and smartphones have given rise to photo- and video-sharing apps: 18% of cell owners use Instagram and 9% use Snapchat.

Posting and sharing photos and videos is especially popular among women. Some 59% of online women post photos and videos they have taken themselves, while 53% share visual content they found elsewhere on the web.

Young people are also especially likely to take and share photos and videos online, including on mobile apps.

Among internet users ages 18-29, 81% have uploaded original multi-media, while 68% have reposted photos or videos they found elsewhere online. Some 26% of cell owners age 18-29 use Snapchat, while 43% use Instagram.

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