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VSvery summer time, our Instagram, TikTook or Facebook feeds – relying on the technology – are overflowing with trip photographs. The window of an airplane, a cocktail on the terrace, the blue of the swimming pool, a sundown… “It’s an invasion!” » smiles Inès, 31-year-old Parisian, 4,500 subscribers on Instagram. More than ever, by social networks, the summer time bubble is informed and offered. But what precisely does this nearly systematic must submit these snapshots say?

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Whether we welcome it with curiosity, want or disinterest, “the story has always been part of the journey”, first recollects Jean Viard, sociologist, affiliate analysis director at Cevipof-CNRS and specialist in free time. “Before, it was the ritual slide session or sending postcards. Now, it’s posts on social networks,” he explains with cheerful fatalism.

If holidays have at all times been “memorized and shared,” these new 3.0 tales nonetheless have an enormous distinction: “Through this connection to others and the live sending of our images, we now “go” with those that are usually not on the journey. »

Posting your trip photographs is exactly meant to “maintain social ties, outside the inner circle,” underlines Jean-Laurent Cassely, founding father of the Maison Cassely pattern workplace and specialist in territories and life. Manifestation of our hyperconnection, the method “allows us to maintain, sometimes at a minimumthe discussion [à travers un simple “j’aime”] with a wider community of relationships.

“Sharing” or “display”?

“I have long had this feeling of carrying my “followers” ​​in my suitcase, and I preferred this concept of ​​with the ability to talk with them at any time,” confides Inès. The thirty-year-old, who immediately maintains a “more measured” relationship with social networks, prior to now posted as much as forty trip photographs per day. “There was the ambition to share, but also an element of display…” she admits.

“The intention is generally not the same depending on whether we are addressing a small group of loved ones or a larger community,” distinguishes Serge Tisseron, psychiatrist and creator of Living in new digital worlds (Dunod, 2022). In the second case, “it is quite common that it is based on a race for “likes”, in a logic of recognition and a seek for approval,” he continues.

A very symptomatic intention, in line with the specialist: “This need to make what we experience desirable speaks of an era marked by a certain cult of performance. Today, we must show ourselves to be the best in all areas. [profession, sport, vie familiale…] And the holidays are no exception! »

Because posting these snapshots also has to do with our “identity”, helps Jean Viard: “Whether we are, or not, in front of the lens, sharing our vacation photos comes down, above all, to thinking about the way we will be perceived. » And if this is, ultimately, the power of social networks, communicating about our destinations still offers the opportunity to transmit more information. “We don't send the same message depending on whether we go to Saint-Tropez or Brittany. This choice alone provides information about our personality and our way of life. »

The disposable camera, a solution?

“Of course, we are keen to show where we are going, even if it means putting ourselves in the spotlight a bit. But when I think about it, I think I do it above all for myself! » However, thwarts Gabriel, 24 years old, around 400 subscribers on Instagram. “As my parents look at photo albums from their travels, I “scroll”[faire défiler, NDLR] my thread throughout the 12 months, to remind me of mine…” says the younger man.

In truth, this method is, “for many, a way of archiving memories, like keeping a diary, with its milestones and stages,” observes Jean-Laurent Cassely. At a time when “our photos are lost in “clouds” [service de stockage accessible à distance] “, the intention can also relate to this more personal dimension, he insists.

But, between the priority for future “likes” and nostalgic retrospection, what place for the current second? “There was a time when I was so consumed by what I wanted to share that I thought more about my posts than what I was really experiencing…” confides Inès, with a sigh. “Tired” of the time spent on these “staged” pictures, the younger girl now restricts herself to “aesthetic” photographs, posted sparingly. “The rest of the time, I am fully engaged in what I do, far from worrying about my image. »

An approach in tune with the times, observes Serge Tisseron. “Practices are already evolving: more and more young people are deciding, for example, to go with disposable film cameras, forced to take a limited number of photos, the results of which they will only know when they return from vacation…” Even if it means posting them , later, on their Instagram account.