I’ve been asked to speak at the upcoming Dallas Digital Summit on Instagram, so I figured I would take the next week to tell you what I feel about Instagram and how to use it in the so-called “visual revolution” of social media.
I have totally conflicting feelings about the selfie phenomenon. Part of me thinks they’re gross and a major symptom of vanity in the digital world. Another part thinks they’re harmless and silly and, like it or not, people (read: you) do like to see people’s faces on social media. And the last ambivalent part of me thinks selfies can be an awesome outlet of self-expression and some of the selfies I see in my feed are extremely creative.
And after all that time thinking about how I feel about selfies — I want to load your brain up with a few quick stats (and sources for even more stats) about selfies from the web.
Instagram users have taken more than 35 million selfies
You’re not alone in your search for the perfect selfie. Instagram users have taken well over 35 million of them. And I don’t know about you, but my shower curtain has been the background in (too) many a photo. Regardless of how you feel — you know you take selfies, c’mon. And if you don’t take selfies, it’s probably so you can sit up on your selfless cloud of judgement handing out shame lessons to all the Instagrammers. And that’s worse. So take a shot of your beautiful mug and post it on Instagram today. Almost everyone is doing it.
Duck face selfies perform 1,112% better than regular selfies on Instagram
In the same way that twerking is now hilariously ironic, if you ever wanted to indulge your guilty pleasure side and take a duck face photo, now you can in the name of results. Let the naysayers be damned. The world deserves a glimpse of your best duck face. (Source)
34% of males state that they retouch every selfie vs. 13% of females
Do filters count as retouching? Either way, all this stat means is that women lie, right? It has to. (Source)
The word “selfie” was officially added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013
That means the selfie phenomenon went mainstream. It’s gone legit. It’s too legit to quit, actually. (Source)
Just for fun: Use Statigram to see all photos tagged “selfie” and see how your selfies stack up!