This trend only serves to degrade the value and purpose of living. The thinking that only by taking a photograph and sharing it with others is necessary ‘proof of live’ is disconcerting.
A classic example of the need to photograph life rather than experiencing life are concert crowds full of iPhones capturing the performer — instead of enjoying the performer. In other words, proving you were there trumps making memories.
As a baby-boomer who grew up in an age of 8mm home movies, the experience was communal: everyone gathered together, reliving a moment and sharing their memories of the events. This communal sharing has transformed to persons traveling to the Grand Canyon and focusing on the perfect photograph instead of the group experience of being part of a wonderful part of nature.