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    Digital Photos Make the Family Photo Album Obsolete

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    The switch to digital photographs means that people are taking a lot more pictures, and the way people experience them is changing.

    Many people are using digital cameras or camera phones to take pictures that they can share with other people using the internet, instead of printing their photos and organizing them into a photo album.

    The switch to digital photographs means that people are taking a lot more pictures, and the way people experience them is changing.

    Clifford Lynch of the Coalition for Networked Information predicts that “what you're going to find in the future is ... a hard drive that will be passed along to a parent or a grandparent, and it will be the digital analog of an enormous shoebox full of pictures.”

    Before digital cameras, family photo albums were a collection of pictures that were put into a book, but now photo albums are stored on computers to be shared using websites like Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr.

    There are positive and negative aspects to both forms of media, but the shift to digital has been a popular one.

    According to one study, camera phones took 37 percent of the photos in the United States, and that number is expected to increase to 50 percent by the year 2015.