Tuesday, December 2, 2014

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Selfies

selfie stats

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for a year, you should know what a selfie is by now. The term has been around for quite a while, but over the past year it has escaped the vocabulary of social media junkies and has penetrated pop culture in a gigantic way.

Apps are designed specifically for selfie-taking; phone accessories are being designed to help make it easier to snap a selfie; a selfie themed TV show is in the works; heck, they even teach classes now on how to take a better selfie.

People from 2 to 92 are going crazy taking pictures of themselves and then posting them everywhere on social media for their poor friends to give an obligatory like to. Seriously, I was at the train station yesterday and a couple behind me, easily in their 70's, snapped a pic with their phone and then told their senior friends that they wanted a selfie of their trip.

So how crazy is this selfie phenomenon? Here are some of the most interesting (and scary) selfie statistics I've stumbled across in my stat-seeking travels. Enjoy!

The estimated median age of a person that takes a selfie: 


Facebook users' share of all selfies shared on social media: 


Number of selfies posted on Instagram to date: 

City with most selfies on Instagram: 

City with 2nd most selfies on Instagram: 

Snapchat's share of overall selfies shared on social media: 


Percentage of male college students that share selfies on Snapchat: 


Percentage of female college students that share selfies on Snapchat: 


Celebrity with most Instagram selfies: 

The most retweeted message ever happens to be a selfie:

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 Image credit: Brian McGuirk via flickr

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