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The science of selfies

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 7/3/2014 (1177 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

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

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)

PHOTO BY DAN STEINBERG/INVISION/AP, FILE

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)

This June 14, 2013 photo released by Barbara Kinney shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, posing with her daughter Chelsea at a Clinton Global Initiative America event in Chicago. 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.(AP Photo/Barbara Kinney)

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This June 14, 2013 photo released by Barbara Kinney shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, posing with her daughter Chelsea at a Clinton Global Initiative America event in Chicago. 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.(AP Photo/Barbara Kinney)

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.

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