What’s Lost When We Photograph Life Instead of Living It?

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At a conference on June 14, Facebook executive Nicola Mendelsohn predicted that the social networking site would be “all video” within five years.

“We’re seeing a year-on-year decline of text,” she said. “If I was having a bet, I’d say: video, video, video.”

Meanwhile, a recent article in The New York Times chronicled the lives of a group of young socialites–the “Snap Pack”–who plan their nights around snapping photos that can be shared with their followers. The reporter explained:

For them, taking photos and videos from Instagram and Snapchat is not a way to memorialize a night out. It’s the night’s main event. Full story

Related: How Many Resources Shared on Social Media Have Been Lost?

By analyzing six different event-centric datasets of resources shared in social media in the period from June 2009 to March 2012, we found about 11% lost and 20% archived after just a year and an average of 27% lost and 41% archived after two and a half years. Study results

Related: Everestnofilter.com

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