The Selfie, Explained [Infographic]

The Selfie, Explained [Infographic]
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To paraphrase Mr. Jefferson from the video game Life is Strange, a “selfie” is an awful, awful word for something that’s actually quite wonderful. While selfies are often criticised for being obnoxious and narcissistic, they can also be highly artistic and even life affirming. This infographic provides a brief history of this misunderstood practice, with an emphasis on new and compelling technologies.

Apparently, the average 20-something spends over 54 hours a year taking selfies on their smartphones. They also take between two and five photos before picking a winner, which helps to explain the aforementioned 54 hours.

The graphic below from breaks down more selfie-related numbers and also looks at how augmented reality and other technologies have begun to impact phone portraits. Needless to say, the selfies of the future are going to look vastly different to the 2D Instagram snaps of today.

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  • How to selfie like a pro

    1. Make huge, pringle sized, duck lips
    2. Make a peace sign with your right hand, hold it diagonally in front of your right eye
    3. If you are a guy raise left index finger to your bottom lip and press up
    4. Stick your tongue to the side like a dead animal
    5. Bring your knees together, shoulders forward, and butt back – like you need to pee
    6. Tilt the camera 15 degrees, art!
    7. Apply a faded 1970s polaroid filter
    8. Post to instagram with 10,000 unrelated and narcissistic hashtags

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