Chances are you’ve taken an Instagram photo recently. Maybe it was this morning or last night or maybe you took one a few minutes ago. It was probably of your delicious lunch or the beautiful, generic sunset you witnessed or of you and your BFF all dolled up before going out. I won’t judge. We’ve all done it. But let’s stop and think – how many people do you think have taken a picture just like that? Say on the Fourth of July you snap a shot of some patriotic fireworks and upload it with a cool filter – oh wait, there’s already five more just like them on your feed!
Recently, research has shown that there’s a correlation between the type of photos uploaded on Instagram and the place you live. When we think about national holidays, this makes sense. For example, in Tel Aviv, researchers were able to determine cultural differences between users based on their pictures during three national holidays. However, this discovery can really be illustrated when it comes to unplanned events such as Hurricane Sandy. Looking at the photos taken during the hurricane, researchers could clearly distinguish the time before and after the power went out in New York. Separating pictures according to hue, brightness, and line orientation, they were able to create the image below.
So, before you take that next Instagram, ask yourself, has the world seen enough of that? Read more about Instagram cities on The Verge.