A dive into the shallow water of selfies.
Teenagers, phones, selfies – I have a lot to say, but…
First, my favorite viral video of 2015: teenagers on phones taking selfies at a baseball game.
The CBC covered the story and the mostly ridiculous responses from social media. Update: found this video, which is an interview on the Ellen Show — they are actually in college? Crazy.
SSS – Sad Selfie Statistics
The Daily Mail reported on UK survey of 2,000 women found that those aged between 16 and 25, spend an average of 16 minutes on each selfie-session, three times a day. 3 x 16 = 48 mins a day taking selfies, that’s 5.6 hours per week!
I have teenage daughters, I understand. I also ponder the prep work for selfie time – hair, makeup, face exercises, whatever… lighting, background, etc.
Then, finding just the right instagram filter, posting to Facebook. Checking Facebook to see the likes and comments… it seems addiction-like. Small rush of dopamine…then anxiety sets in…what to do? Take Another Selfie!
Of course, this was just one small survey, I’m sure there are plenty of teenagers that manage to do more productive things with those 5 hours a week.
And… this survey & infographic was put by feelunique.com — a commercial website with the tagline “The Destination for Beauty”, and features articles on things like “5 Steps to a Perfect Selfie“. So, the pool for this survey is obviously very skewed to the demographic of that website! (I’m shaking my fact-checking/bias-finding head at you, Daily Mail).
That said, out of the 2000 beauty-tip website pollsters — let’s call them “Selfie -Enthusiasts” — here are some of the other surprising (not really) stats:
Top reasons for posting a selfie
- 22% reported taking selfies to impresses a new love interest
- 18% take selfies to boost their confidence
- 15% to make someone jealous
Thanks for taking a dive with me into the water of selfie takers.
Ow…the water was shallow, I bumped my head on the bottom of the pool.