According to the research, commissioned by Carphone Warehouse, 14.5 million selfies are now taken every day in the UK, with 4.3 million being shared via social media. One in four (24%) of those shots is captured at work and a third are digitally enhanced in a bid for , er, ‘self improvement’ (seems it’s not just celebs and magazines who indulge in a bit of Photoshop).
Most popular place for a selfie is not surprisingly on holiday, but number two is in the bedroom – oh yes. See the full list below (rather disturbingly ‘in changing rooms’ is number 10).
People aged 25-34 share more selfies than anyone else with an average of 10 per month. One in seven (13%) of this age group shares a selfie via social media sites, such as Instagram and Facebook, every day. And one in twenty (5%) 25-34 year olds takes more than 40 pictures of themselves every month and a similar number (6%) share more than three selfies each day with others.
There are also plenty of ‘silver selfies’ out there, with 18 per cent of over 55s saying they are fans – one in nine take more than six a month.
The research, commissioned by Carphone Warehouse to mark the exclusive launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 in blue, found that it takes an average of three attempts and three minutes of preparation time before people feel they nail the perfect ‘blue steel’ shot – a few less than Kylie Jenner’s recent claim of 500 snaps to get it right.
Almost half (48 per cent) prepare for selfies in advance, with hair, make-up and backdrop being the top three things addressed. Even with preparation, over a third (35 per cent) of images are then filtered, altered or enhanced before being posted online. One in five over 45s admit to using a filter every time they take a selfie. Selfie sticks are also now used to capture one in seven (14 per cent) of the UK’s selfies.
However, despite millions of us doing it every day, two thirds (65%) of people in the UK still think people who take selfies are vain. In fact, two out of five selfie lovers have uploaded a selfie with a friend just because they look good, even if their friend didn’t – rising to three out of five 25 – 34 year olds.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is now available in blue at Carphone Warehouse. Prices start at £34.99 per month with an upfront cost of £29.99.
|Top selfie locations|
|1. On holiday
2. In the bedroom
3. In a mirror
4. At work
5. At a festival
6. While travelling
7. In a nightclub
8. In the bathroom
9. In an expensive restaurant
10. In changing rooms
11. In the gym