More than a third of Britons have lost treasured images captured using a smartphone, according to a survey.

The poll of 2,000 consumers found that 36% of people have lost ‘precious picture memories’ – 28% losing images after dropping and damaging their phones.

People risk losing their prized photos by not printing them, claims the survey conducted for SnapBox, a photo printing company which says many simply upload images to social networking sites instead.

The survey found that 28% of 18-24-year-olds store most of their images on sites such as Facebook and Instagram.

And 19% of people don’t display images at home ‘as they feel they have too many photos to choose from’.

Almost a third of British consumers (32%) admit they upload photos to social media platforms while on holiday, rather than waiting until they get home.

  • Mike Elek

    My brother and I were discussing this trend of posting holiday information on social media while on holiday.

    We agree that it’s an invitation to the less-savory elements of society, essentially saying, “Feel free to burglarize my home.”

    Yet another downside to social media, not counting the false impression that others actually care about what you are doing at any particular moment.

  • Jay

    The final paragraph would seem to indicate that such practice is something to be ashamed of.