However, this trend is also visible in the photography markets, where at the turn of the millennium almost everyone had a point-and-shoot camera but within the last 10 years its market share has begun to quickly fall, where traditional camera usage dropped 12% over 2011.
Cellular phone carriers have ensured that society develops a need for their do-it-all devices that come with a hefty monthly bill, and not only one but two cameras (front & back), just in case. Having cell phones nearby is a habit that can quickly develop into an addiction, keeping us constantly entertained and filling pockets of cell phone carriers. Do you feel addicted to your cell phone?
It seems like their plan has worked after all, but thats beside the point.
The fact that smartphones are killing the point-and-shoot camera is not necessarily a bad thing, its just part of necessary cycle of life. Whether we like it or not these pocket sized jack-of-all trades devices are here to stay, at least until the next big thing comes around. Although many of us quickly criticize the millions of "mundane" pictures all over social networks, the point is people choose to capture those specific moments in their lives and share it with the rest of us for reasons only known to them. We are free to judge as much as we want, but what we should hope for is that between the millions of pictures shared daily, some of these will stay and be passed down; so our grandkids can have a picture to point at and say "eh! that was grandpa having some drinks with his friends when he was 20". If thats the case, then no picture was taken in vain.
By: Edmundo Rodrigues