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Iceni Magazine | July 2, 2022

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Three quarters of photos taken on mobile phones are never looked at again

Three quarters of photos taken on mobile phones are never looked at again

Three quarters of photos taken on mobile phones are never looked at again, it has emerged.

Forgotten selfies, hot dog legs and ‘alternative angles’ are among those most likely to be discarded, according to the study by Plusnet Mobile.

The research revealed Briton’s mobiles are cluttered up with digital baggage which would take up to six hours to spring clean.

Despite the love of a selfie, they suffer the most out of all photos with 87 per cent never re-examined post-shoot.

More than a quarter of those surveyed will have a digital de-clutter every six months or less.

And 43 per cent wished they had less of the things they never use on their mobile phone.

One fifth don’t clear up their digital baggage because they don’t have the time, and 40 per cent simply can’t be bothered.

For those preparing to take endless ‘hot dog or legs’ beach snaps over summer, 40% admit to taking over 20 shots to get the perfect picture.

Speaking about the results, Chris Cotterill from Plusnet, said: “The true amount of digital baggage on Britain’s phones even came as a surprise to us, but we are here to help with our spring clean tips.

‘’Everyone loves a selfie, but perhaps a purge of the outtakes might help us look back at our camera roll a bit more.’’

With the spring-cleaning season officially underway, Plusnet has delved into the UK’s digital baggage in a bid to help smartphone users make the most of their device before the busy summer season with pics of holidays, festivals and weddings gets underway.

Plusnet has pulled together its straight-talking top tips for a spring digital detox.

Inspired by guru Marie Kondo’s ‘sparking joy’ regime and an appetite from Brits to streamline their lives, the tips aim to leave phone fans with more room for the good stuff – whether that’s more pet pics, selfies or hot dog legs.

Plusnet’s top tips for a digital spring clean:

Cut down on downloading tracks on music streaming services if your data allowance can let you stream instead – you can save room on your phones internal memory if you stream rather than download tracks

Create folders for photos – it takes minutes and makes showing off your holiday photos straightforward (and avoids sharing any snaps that were not meant for public consumption)

Unsubscribe from emails – most newsletter emails have a one-click-to-unsubscribe function which makes inbox maintenance easy and will help bring down that scary notification number.

When taking photos, tap the screen to focus the camera lens and get the best exposure – helping you avoid any awkward snaps where your best mates face looks like a frosted window

Delete phone numbers which you do not need and add surnames to people for ease when searching – to avoid messaging your new colleague what was meant for that handsome Gary you met in the Dog and Duck last weekend

Visit @Plusnet on Twitter for more tips on how to spring clean your mobile phone.

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