A new survey launched today has revealed that, while as a nation we are increasingly computer savvy and comfortable living out our day-to-day lives online, when it comes to our most important documents, 32% still prefer the old fashioned route – keeping them tucked away in a shoebox.
According to the survey, only 6% of us choose to keep our most important documents online, with 13% storing them on computers. Just under half (45%) opt for a safe or filing cabinet, while almost 10% choose to keep these documents stacked in piles around the house.
The survey was carried out by lifetile, a service which offers users a simple and secure way to capture, save and share their memories of big life events – all in one place.
Richard Grant CEO and Founder of lifetile explained: “It was losing my dad which inspired me to develop lifetile. What I realised, when he died, was that I knew very little about him. Of course, I had my holiday photos and some treasured memories but, when it came to knowing more about his life story – where he grew up and went to school, what he did before he met my mum and what their life was like before children – there were real gaps in my knowledge.
“I vowed that when I became a dad, I would make sure that I was able to provide my children with a more complete story of our lives, so I created a place where our most precious memories could be brought to life and enjoyed for years to come, generation by generation.”
Each new story created on lifetile can be illustrated with images and other material imported from social media, or direct from smart phones and computers. Together this detail quickly begins to paint a visually stunning timeline of big life events, which can be accessed at home or on the move, through the lifetile app.
Grant continued: “The old shoebox represents a comforting place for people to keep their important documents and treasured memories, where they can return time and again to look at photos of their children growing up, love letters, marriage certificates and much more; it’s the story of your life in its simplest form. But the internet has opened up the possibility of immortalising our life story, by making it digital.”
lifetile follows global best practice in online security, giving users peace of mind over their content, at all times. Key documents, videos or photographs uploaded onto the site can be kept completely private, shared with friends or family, or made accessible to everyone. The site enables files to be sorted, captioned and tagged quickly and easily, resulting in a vivid personal life story to be enjoyed now and kept safe for the future.
Grant concluded: “We spend so much of our life online, using the web to learn, shop and socialise and yet when it comes to the big life events and our important documents, all of which define us, we often choose to keep them tucked away for a rainy day. lifetile enables you to create an enduring digital legacy – your life story that can be captured, saved and shared for many years to come.”
lifetile is currently free to use and works across phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.