Half of all images are selfies, claims new research

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Image: Nearly half of all digital snaps are selfies. Image courtesy of HelloCanvas.co.uk

Seems we are a nation of happy snappers, or at least very vain, taking more than 2,000 selfies per year, according to new research.

The survey of 2,000 British adults carried out by digital printing website HelloCanvas.co.uk, found that while Britons take an average of three pictures a day which equals a staggering total of 1,095 per year, they are far outdone by younger generations (18-30 years old) who capture an average of 11 per day, or 4,015 per year.

Almost half (48%) of these are selfies, 21% are food and drink photos, 16% are scenery snaps, and 12% are pictures of pets and animals.

However, just 24% of the images taken make it to social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, while 19% are sent via instant message platforms such as Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.

Britons confessed to taking an average of six photos before settling on the perfect shot.

Says Jennifer Doleac, head of marketing at HelloCanvas:

“It’s fascinating to see just how many photographs we take on a daily and yearly basis. Not that many years ago, photographs were only taken on special occasions, however now we have almost instant access to cameras and smartphones it is a daily occurrence, with seemingly nothing being too trivial to take a picture of.

“Capturing memories via photography and sharing them via social media and instant message platforms means friends and families can share and enjoy the moment visually within seconds of the event itself.”

Chris Price