Many have called the accessibility of cameras (most notably, cell phone technology and the rise of hobbyist buying pro gear) as the death of photography. A similar obituary to photography was written in 1895 when Kodack introduced film that could be loaded in daylight.
It seems a little extreme. If anything, it's merely the spread of bad photography thanks to the ease of sharability. There is nothing inherently wrong with documenting your life. We have been doing it before cameras- through painting, writing, sculpture, stories. Nothing brings me greater joy than seeing photos of my parents when they were my age, or seeing images of New York City 100 years ago.
I often go through phases where I simply don't want to carry around my camera or whip out my iPhone to take a photo. Partially because I don't want to be "that person" that is always photographing something in public. But then I get over it. I remember who this photo is for, first for myself and second for my future loved ones.
I want to encourage others to have that same feeling I get when they look through my photos. It is a window into a specific moment in time through my eyes. It is easy to feel discourage now by other people's ideas of what photography is or worse, what "real" photographers are.
Don't be pressured into suppressing your desire to snap photos. Real professionals aren't intimidated by the amateur. They let their work speak. If I thought buying some professional MMA gear made me a pro, I'm not going to last very long in the Octagon and the real pros will make sure of it.
If you are tired of seeing endless streams of bad photos, there's a solution.
Take better photos and share them.