While the self-portrait has a long and venerable place in the history of art, the democratization of media in our young century collided with our first-world self obsessions to create a robust trend. Chosen by the OED in 2013 as Word of the Year, “selfie” has charged into the English language with remarkable vigor.
The first recorded use of the hashtag #selfie took place on Flick in 2004, but the word didn’t really catch on until 2012. Since then, the use of ‘selfie’ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram has exploded, growing by over 17,000 percent.
Consider these stats:
Click on the above to see the whole graphic, which is chock-full of amazing selfie info!
Now we have smart phones specifically designed for taking selfies, including this one from SONY, who created the info graphics in this blog.
And feel free to post your favorite selfie in the comments below.
Here’s my latest favorite: