The Rise of the Selfie

The Rise of the Selfie

Let’s face it, everyone knows what a selfie is; if you’re unaware then frankly what rock have you been hiding under for the past year! We as a nation are obsessed with taking self-portraits. In the UK alone 51% of us are guilty of taking a selfie! That’s 35 million Selfies per month! The phenomenon that is the Selfie has taken over the world, and there is no indication of it slowing down.

 

So why do people love taking Selfies? Are we bunch of narcissists or is there a deeper rooted reason as to why we take Selfies? The answer is yes and no. On one hand, there is a sentimental aspect to it, capturing special moments and feelings is a large part of the selfie phenomenon, however it can be argued that Selfies promote image control and how you want to be viewed by others.

 

Selfies can be digitally manipulated; when uploaded onto a social media; a good filter and addition of witty hashtags add to the deception; the more likes you receive, the more you believe you are liked.

 

A recent Survey on behalf of the Click Stick found out that:

 

Newcastle men pose the most, 25% of all the UK’s selfies are taken by men are taken by lads in Newcastle! Maybe those Geordies love to pose?

Liverpool are the Nations selfie lovers, with a staggering 67% of all residents taking a seflie!

Pouters! 69% of ladies snapping selfies in London, preferred a pout rather than a smile.

61% of selfies in Manchester included more than one person, showing that Manchester residents prefer group shots! What a friendly bunch we are!

46% of people who’ve taken a selfie admitted enhancing the photo before uploading.

Double Vision 35% of all drunken sefies takers admit removing pictures from social media platforms the next very morning.

 

Top 5 female Pouting Cities – Women who pout rather than smile.

1.            London 69%

2.            Liverpool 53%

3.            Manchester 52%

4.            Glasgow 51%

5.            Nottingham 45%

 

Top 5 Cities for taking a selfie

1.            Liverpool 67%

2.            Newcastle 58%

3.            Birmingham 57%

4.            Edinburgh 55%

5.            Cardiff 53%

 

Top 5 Cities for Group Selfies

1.            Manchester 61%

2.            London 47%

3.            Sheffield 45%

4.            Liverpool 44%

5.            Swansea 37%

 

As the Selfie evolves, so do the kind of Selfies we’re taking:

 

Belfie: A selfie of ones derrière (Kim Kardashian in a white swimsuit, anyone?)

Welfie: A workout selfie (Seriously? How does one have time to work out AND take selfies?)

Delfie: A drunken selfie (the one you’ll regret uploading in the morning)

Couplfie: A couple selfie (the ones singletons hate)

 

As ridiculous as they may sound, these new variations of the Selfie seem unlikely to go away. With different kind of selfies, means different ways of taking them.  

 

We’ve all been there; you gather your mates for that massive group Selfie, you’re reaching for that button... And damn! You’ve just cropped yourself out! The Click Stick from Menkind costs just £19.99 and makes taking Selfies a whole lot easier!

 

Designed to ease to the strain of taking selfies The Click Stick will drastically change the way you take Selfies, group shots and videos! No Bluetooth, pairing, or batteries needed. Simply, plug your Smartphone into the headphone socket, strike a pose and click the stick!

 

With a different kind of Selfies and a revolutionary way to take them, whether you love or hate it, the Selfie phenomena is a trend that’s not ready to die.