Australians are selfie-obsessed


Australia is a selfie-obsessed nation with two million selfies snapped each day, or 742 million a year, a new survey has shown.

But the poll by comparison website finder.com.au also revealed selfies aren’t for everyone, with more than one in two (52 per cent) avoiding the practice.

“Until recently selfie wasn’t even a word, but now Aussies are generating 14 million of them every single week. You’d be hard-pressed to go a day without seeing one in your social media feed,” Finder’s Alex Kidman said.

“Many phones even have a selfie mode to enhance, erase or perfect facial features, plus there are dozens of apps and accessories such as selfie sticks and fisheye lenses.”

It also shows nothing is sacred with one in five Australians admitting they’d snapped a selfie at an inappropriate time.

From inside surgery theatres to behind the wheel, selfies range from poor taste to downright dangerous.

A total of 12 per cent admitted to snapping a selfie while having sex, while they were naked or on the toilet - that’s equivalent to 2.3 million adults. Seven per cent had taken a selfie while doing something illegal or while they were stopped by police.

“While there should be rather obvious etiquette for specific situations such as funerals or memorials, for many, nothing is off limits when it comes to selfies,” Mr Kidman said.

“Be mindful of where you are and remember that safety comes first. It’s not worth putting your life in danger for a bunch of likes.”

A staggering 77 per cent of Generation Y respondents took selfies, 84 times a year on average. This compared with 18 per cent of Baby Boomers who took selfies an average of three a year.

Selfie facts:

‘Selfie’ was named word of the year by the Oxford Dictionary in 2013.Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a celebrity selfie at the Oscars in 2014, that was ‘liked’ 2,369,507 times and retweeted 3,367,181 times.The hashtag #selfie has been used on Instagram 348,678,197 times.The first patented selfie stick was invented in 1984 by Hiroshi Ueda and Yujiro Mima, but it was called a “telescopic extender for supporting compact camera” and held the camera in place with a tripod screw.


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