Here in New York, there are lots of reasons to take pictures of strangers who aren't expecting it. The crazy lady pooping on the L train platform at Union Square? The guy who walks around Fort Greene Park with two African gray parrots on his shoulder? The impossibly old man riding a unicycle over the (very steep!) Williamsburg Bridge pike path? All totally acceptable scenarios in which to pull out your phone and take a picture. But in the U.K., more than 8 percent of people have confessed to taking illicit shots of...attractive people.
A survey of 2,076 Britons, taken by Nokia, reveals some surprising facts: there are enough attractive people in the U.K. for one-twelfth of the population to creepshot attractive strangers with their phones. (JK we love you guys.) "Our research has given us a real insight into the ever-changing quirky habits of the British public," said the head of marketing for Nokia. Quirky and weird! Don't do that, Britons. Creepshotting weirdos: fine. That guy with the parrots wants us to take his photo. The cute girl at the laundromat? She just wants to do her laundry.
I'm surprised that many people in the UK are considered "beautiful" ... maybe they're taking pics of tourists ... or all of the subjects have their mouths shut at the time. - LMAO
And before I rush to judgement the previous poster is, of course, familiar with the approximately 60 million people who live in the UK?
Regard the phenomenon referred too, yes it is a disconcerting trend.
crap, no more pics...cheers
Jeeze, damned if ya do and damned if ya don't....
For years the people we stared at would exclaim, "take a picture, it'll last longer!!"...
was bored with all the anti-science commentators, have had about enough again already, cheers
oops, you are one of the anti-science types that post on a science site, enough said...nice pic, I guess if she were too worried about being photographed she wouldn't wear a bikini in public, cheers
do you read what you write? "Taking random shots of a person you do not have a relationship is a different type of masturbation, if nothing else a mental one". for your info, a couple of beers a week is not quite an alchoholic, anything else you wish to guess at or would you actually want the truth? negative cheers
Stupid, stupid, stupid... so 92% of Brits say they DON'T take pictures of people not expecting it? What?? What kind of breaking science article is this?
(Dan, I think you're researching you weekly "science" porn articles WAY too much.)
I don't think there is anything wrong with looking at beauty. In Italy they don't bother to look, they touch!
"I'm surprised that many people in the UK are considered "beautiful" ... maybe they're taking pics of tourists ... or all of the subjects have their mouths shut at the time. - LMAO"
I'll assume that you've yet to conclude your childhood years otherwise you'd know that racism is unacceptable regardless of a persons nationality or skin colour. It's not clever or funny and on the off-chance you are old enough to know better it may be worth wondering why you feel the need to put others down to make yourself feel good.
Regards, the English
ACuriousMind & David2011
Obviously, you don not know my heritage.
I am descended from the Britons, the Irish, the French and the Danes.
You will find that i will only tease these 4 groups of people. Becasue they are a part of who I am.
are you going to tell the African-Americans not to call each other the N word anymore? Or tell the homosexuals that they cant call each other the F word any more.
Are you going to tell Russel Peters to stop making Indian jokes?
I think not.
You can give me shit if i ever make fun of anyother races, (which I wont do). but for now both of you can STFU.
Now lets go eat some potatoes, I'm famished!
Well, I would guess it's "public domain" if it's in the public.
It's the age of sharing: Why keep it all to your own eyes when you can share it with the world . . .
I have two main problem I with this article.
First, where does ANYONE get off deciding who is (or isn't) pretty or weird enough to justify a picture? The author is pretty blatant with his definition of "beauty".
Second, he suggests people should be uncomfortable with having their picture taken surreptitiously, yet Great Britain is the most heavily-monitored country in the Western world. There are cameras <i>everywhere</i>.
As long as it is not used for a commercial purpose, it is, in fact, quite legitimate to take pictures of the general public, with or without their knowledge.