We are all guilty of whipping out our phone to take a quick picture of everything, but now it's time to lay down a few ground rules when it comes to sharing those pics.

Each one of us has been at a concert, show, or some other event where we wanted to remember the moment forever. Our first reaction is always to fumble for our phone so we can capture the moment forever. We've been doing it since the days of grainy flip phone cameras, and it has only gotten worse the better our phone cameras get.

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This has always been a pet peeve of mine, but it came back up recently when pictures of the hazy sunsets over Genesee County started to flood social media.

I need to make it clear that the sunsets this week have been incredible. The hazy skies have made the sun look every shade of red and orange possible, and it just gives a very cool effect. My family spent a couple of ours outside just so we could sit and watch the sunset. Here's what it looked like through my cell phone camera.


I can guarantee you that this picture does no justice to how cool the sunset looked last night. So why in the world did I even take the picture?!

Why do we all still take pictures of things we know will turn out bad?

This is my theory, and you can bet that I have no real qualifications to make any of the statements I'm about to make.

I think it's all about trying to take ownership, or credit for the unique event happening at the time. We are at a moment where everyone wants to claim ownership over things that nobody really owns. Everybody wants to be 100% right, and we want everyone else to know about it.

This is a dangerous combination when you have a phone with three cameras and more megapixels than we know what to do with. We all want to be able to say, "Look what I saw!" to the world, without even realizing that the rest of the world can just look up and see the exact same thing. We want to be the one to show it off, instead of just marveling at the event.

This is a problem because then your social media feeds get flooded with pictures of the moon like this.

Before you get all defensive about the hundreds of pictures and videos on your camera roll that you've never looked at again, just pump the brakes. The cameras on our phones are amazing, and should be used to catch as many memories as possible. We just need to accept that without a professional camera, most celestial events will never be represented properly.

There are many more times that you should just keep your cell phone camera in your pocket, and they are listed below.

Here Are The Pictures You Should Stop Posting Online

Having a gagillion megapixel camera in your pocket is great, but some of the pictures we're posting need to stop. Check out a few of the pics that you can skip posting next time around.


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