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The science of selfies

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FILE - This May 21, 2013 file photo shows actress Michelle Rodriguez posing for a photo with a fan at the LA Premiere of the

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FILE - This May 21, 2013 file photo shows actress Michelle Rodriguez posing for a photo with a fan at the LA Premiere of the "Fast & Furious 6" at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif. The practice of freezing and sharing our tiniest slices of life in "selfies" has become so popular that the granddaddy of dictionaries, the Oxford, is monitoring the term as a possible addition. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, file)

The selfie -- that simple tool of self-promotion -- has moved far beyond social media phenomenon, as researchers with the Selfiecity project can attest. They examined selfles posted in Moscow, New York, Sao Paulo, Bangkok and Berlin and came up with some interesting discoveries.

79 million:  The number of selflies posted to Instagram

4:  The percentage of all photos on Instagram that are selflies. The rest? Feet, food, friends, shoes, cats, dogs...

50: How much higher, in percentage, of head-tilts in women than in men.

23.7: Estimated median age of selfie posters.

40: The age when men are more likely than women to post selfies.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 8, 2014 D3

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