Taking a photo each day and posting it online has complex benefits say researchers who say it supports improved wellbeing. This is a popular social phenomenon, with Instagram having over 1.5million photos tagged #365 for each day of the year while there are thousands of members of Blipfoto, a key photo-a-day site.
A study co-authored by Dr Liz Brewster of Lancaster University and Dr Andrew Cox of the University of Sheffield recorded what photos people took, what text they added and how they interacted with others on the photo-a-day site for two months.
They found that taking a daily photo improved wellbeing through:
- Community interaction
- The potential for reminiscence
Taking a moment to be mindful, and looking for something different or unusual in the day were seen as positive well-being benefits of the practice.[…]