There was no comprehensive information found on the demographics and the psychological reasons why people like photos. What we found were some limited insights that stated the following reasons why people like pictures: love for nostalgia, immediate understanding of a situation, and the joy of seeing their favorite photos, among others. In terms of partial demographic data on the use of Instagram, the most popular photo-sharing platform, approximately "69% of users are younger than 35 years old."
We started our research by looking for directly available comprehensive information on the psychological reasons why people love pictures and whether a certain demographic likes them. We looked for this information in various sites such as in psychology-relevant sites like AlleyDog, Science Open, PsychCentral, and other similar sources; in photography-related sites such as the British Journal of Photography, Australian Photography, Remezcla, Europeana, Us Photography, Photography Life, and other similar sites; research sites such as Pubmed, NCBI, Researchgate, Lens, and similar sites; lifestyle sections of business publications such as Forbes, Wired, Business Insider, National Geographic, and others; press release sites such as Cision, Globe Wire, and other similar sources; media sites such as BBC, CNN, The Asian Correspondent, Lifestyle Asia, the Latin American Post, Euronews, and other relevant sources. Based on this search approach, we were not able to find comprehensive information on the psychological reasons why people love pictures and whether a certain demographic like them. What we found are general statistics and insights on why people love visual images in general. We also found some psychological insights but these are mainly found in a media article. There were also some demographic insights found but this pertains more to the use of photos in the Instagram platform.
We then tried to look for relevant data such as people's reaction around photos and other behavioral factors that can help us infer on people's affinity with images or photos and the accompanying demographics. Since people are now heavily using photo-sharing apps such as Instagram, we decided to look for helpful Instagram statistics that can help us draw some hypothesis on people's affinity for photos and the corresponding demographics. Based on this approach, we were not able to find related information around people and their love for photography. Nevertheless, we were able to get some insights and relevant statistics around people's preference for visual images. Although most of the contents found were related to visual content marketing, we were able to obtain snippets of information around people's photo preferences and segmentation.
We then looked for surveys or interviews that can help in giving us related insights on people's reactions towards photos and if there are available demographics on these surveys. We hoped to use these statistics to piece together enough information that can be used to derive people's preferences around photos. Based on this approach, we were not able to find substantial information on people's attitude towards photography and the corresponding demographics. What we found are a few testimonies on why visual content are more preferred by certain people groups.
We also expanded our research to include some outdated information and historical research to identify if there are behavioral conclusions from past papers that can shed light on people's interaction with photos. However, these research papers were not found. What we uncovered are some limited insights on people's reaction to their own photos.
We have concluded that the reason why comprehensive information on the psychological reason and demographics of people liking photos is not available could be due to the highly specific nature of this information. This type of research might require more effort, demand, and resources to produce.
Based on the search strategies above, we were able to piece together some insights on why people love photos. We also uncovered some statistics that can give a partial picture of the demographics surrounding the preference for photos. The section below contains our findings.
REASONS WHY PEOPLE LOVE PHOTOS
Looking at a good quality picture leaves people entranced. This is especially true with printed photographs as people find this satisfying. Printed pictures also act as a "tangible reminder of the time and effort" that was spent in taking the photographs.
Since the first semblance of a photo was captured in 1816, people take pictures to preserve memories to keep them forever. These pictures were then lovingly placed in albums, frames, and other special containers. Photos were also considered sacred as the long process of developing them was seen as somewhat of a "meaningful ritual."<imore selfie>
People also like to look at "selfies" or photos of themselves as this present an opportunity for people to see an "image of themselves from the outside." Furthermore, photography in the digital age can also be a way to unite those with the same interests and to form "new communities" around these pictures.
People are also more likely to retain information when there is an image that is associated with a message. They were able to "retain 65%" of the details of the message that was presented to them.
PHOTO DEMOGRAPHICS - HELPFUL FINDINGS
Since the majority of the photos are taken digitally these days, with most of them finding their way to Instagram, the following Instagram demographics are used to illustrate the demographics surrounding the affinity for photos.
Around 1 billion monthly users use Instagram actively. Thirty-two percent of people who are "between 25-34 years old" use the platform. Approximately "69% of users are younger than 35 years old." <websitehosting> In terms of gender, "men between 18 - 24 years old" are the most prolific visitors on Instagram.