I actually appreciate image descriptions more than I had anticipated. They explain to me why people have posted this picture or what is their specific focus, that is interesting. Often I learn that a picture is less self explanatory than I assumed.
@communeva I also like how it is an opportunity to add another layer to your toot, for example a slightly poetic description of it, making you reflect on what exactly it conveys, a kind of mindful process...
@stragu yes, exactly!
@communeva I am sighted but still find image descriptions very very useful and appreciate that I can read them here (using Tusky). On Birdsite I can't and that's a loss.
@communeva @Virelai Picture is worth 1000 words factoid is actually the result of statistical error. The median picture is actually worth 50 words; Pixels Georg, who lives in a cave and communicates only through steganographic embedding of text within images, is an outlier and should have been discounted.
I've discovered an additional benefit while I'm traveling and have slow/spotty internet access. The descriptions give me something to go on before the image loads.
@communeva this expresses my experience as well.