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  • This painting from 1524 could be considered the first selfie in history.

  • It sure looks like one. Parmigianino, a 21-year-old Italian artist

  • painted himself using the barber's mirror

  • He gave it to the Pope as a gift, so even at the beginning it was established:

  • Selfies are for sharing

  • In terms of drawing, Rembrandt put together this pretty great duckface self-portrait in 1630

  • The first photo self portrait was taken by Robert Cornelius

  • A chemist from Philadelphia

  • He had to take off the lens cap, run into frame,

  • sit for one minute then run back and cover up the lens

  • Selfie used to take that kind of commitment

  • The modern selfie began when the first true camera phone

  • which was made by Sharp and released in Japan in November of 2000

  • It had a mirror next to the lens, so was basically designed for selfies

  • even though that term wouldn't be coined until 2002 in Australia where they have a habit of adding the suffix "ie" to things

  • like barbie for barbecue and Aussie for Australian

  • In 2011, Jennifer Lee became the first person to use the "hashtag" selfie on instagram

  • since then it's been used more than eighty million times but there aren't just many selfies posted as you might think

  • only about five percent of Instagram pics are selfies

  • The city with the most Instagram selfies per capita is Manilla in the Philippines

  • Number two is New York City, three is Miami and number four Anaheim California

  • Thanks to Disneyland, the fourth most magical place on earth to take a picture yourself

  • Across the world, women take way more selfies than men

  • They also tilt thir heads more, at 12.4 degree tilt for women versus only 8.2 percent for men

  • The average selfie photographers is 23.7 years old

  • but in the over-40 selfie crowd, photographers are more likely to be male than female

  • As you probably know, Selfie was the Oxford English Dictionary's word of the year in 2013

  • a year that included the first ever Pope selfie and President Obama selfie at Mandela's memorial service

  • But it wouldn't be until 2014 that Ellen's Oscar selfie blew up Twitter and became the most read tweeted tweed ever

  • In the grand scheme of things, selfie history is still in its infancy

  • Will it continue to evolve or is it already in decline?

  • What do you think?

This painting from 1524 could be considered the first selfie in history.

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    Vivian Lam posted on 2015/03/31
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