Instagram Users Love Terrible Photos, Gaming Is Good For Families, And Other Surprising Studies Of The Week
This sure won't help all of the criticism that Instagram is filled with pretentious, over-filtered pseudo-photography: It turns out that all of the qualities that make Instagram photos popular are also the same traits that point to, um, really crappy photography. Sorry, guys: You're not Ansel Adams quite yet.
Philadelphia research firm Curalate examined the photos that garnered the most "likes" across Instagram, and found that they shared a number of key traits. Typically, the photographs were: predominantly one color, usually blue; very bright; desaturated; and had a lot of background space. All of the above are hallmarks of cheap, Polaroid-esque photography, according to experts.
It may be time to rein in those sunset shots, guys. For more of this week's surprising studies, read on...