The Science of Selfies: How Pictures Help Us Claim Our Identity

by Rachel Baker on March 7, 2014

This is a good article about a survey done on the Selfie. Its interesting and worth reading.

This week’s selfie at the Oscars was a record-breaker for Twitter, but just a drop in the bucket for the traffic in smartphone self-portraits.

A survey commissioned by PicMonkey suggests that nearly half of all U.S. adults have taken selfies — making enough of a cultural impact that “selfie” was crowned as Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year for 2013.

We may be in the midst of a golden age for selfies, but the phenomenon raises its head every time a pictorial form rises up, whether we’re talking about mummy portraits from ancient Egypt, marble busts from the Roman Empire, pictures from the dawn of photography in the 19th century or an eerily modern-looking group shot from 1920.

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