I am social work clinician looking at this site doing some backgroud reading for presenting a phototherapy session with supervision group with colleagues. (I happen to have a presonal & family interest in photogrpahy)
my only qualification for commenting on this thread of cultural differences of taking photos is being Australian. So my comments are just a personal speculation.
Would the weather have something to do with why US / Australians take more photos? If a significant year is spend predominantly indoors locations due to colder weather ???? Australian culture has a outdoor element even if it only the backyard. It's may be harder to take visually pleasing images indoors (visual clutter tends to get in the way).
Alternative explanations may have to due with the adoption of technology, australians have relatively high penetration of new audiovisual technology - the digital photograpy uptake will be part of this, uptake of email etc.
My other speculation are they taking more photos form them selves or is to send to other people - the Aust population is relatively mobile (though no to the US extent) if you dont live near relatives / friends do you take more pictures to send soemwhere ??.
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