As if you needed any more of a motivation to take pictures and share them all over your social media, science is now on your side. Taking and sharing a single picture with an online community per day leads to an improved well-being, according to a new study.
Researchers at Lancaster University recently published their work in the journal Health, which was titled "The daily digital practice as a form of self-care: Using photography for everyday well-being.” The social scientists followed the photography and sharing habits of participants for two months and determined that regular posting improved overall health—albeit in a complex way.
“Photo-a-day is not a simple and uncomplicated practice; rather it is the complex affordances and variance within the practice that relate it to well-being. We conclude that this practice has multi-faceted benefits for improving well-being,” the researchers said.
Some of these benefits include limited loneliness from interacting with a digital community. They also noticed participants engaged in exercise and self-care more frequently. Of course, even getting a single like on one of your prized underwater photos makes it all worthwhile.
"It could be a rubbish photograph,” said one of the participants. “But if somebody commented on it, it made it worthwhile."
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