Why Do Students Really Take Selfies?

You may currently be entrenched in back-to-school craziness, but if you find the time to pick your head up out of your piles of (hopefully paperless) paperwork and organization tasks, you’ll see your students taking selfies left and right. If you’re not clear on the selfie trend yet, you can do a little bit of reading here (or better yet, do an Image search for ‘duck face selfie’ or ‘selfie gone wrong’. Do it at home, you may find some NSFW images hiding in there)

So what’s up with selfies? Whether this is a totally new concept to you and you wonder what all those whippersnappers are doing taking copious photos of themselves from weird angles or if you’re a selfie-taker yourself, the handy infographic below offers some interesting stats on this trend that is so popular with students of all ages these days. Do you take selfies? Do people taking them drive you nuts? Share your thoughts with the Edudemic community by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

What’s Up With Students and Selfies?

  • 74% of phone users are annoyed by people taking selfies
  • Most of these cite the way people pose in their photos
  • 34% take selfies to document their personal appearance
  • 23% do it to capture a special moment
  • 19% do it to capture their location
  • 16% do it to capture the people they are with
  • 69% of 18-29 year olds have taken a selfie
  • While only 37% of 45-60 year olds have (what happened to the rest of us in between?)
  • The younger group mentioned above was most likely to take the selfie to capture their personal appearance, while the older group did it to capture a special moment with someone special
  • Women are 19% more likely to take a ‘personal appearance’ selfie than men
  • Women are 22% more likely to take 4 or more photos before posting to social media
  • Women are also 8% more likely to be using social media than men
  • 6% of selfie takers take over 9 photos before posting


1 Comment

  1. Toni Chamberlain

    September 7, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I belong to the 74% who believe that selfies are annoying. We are a society who is consistently posing and posting. Gone are the candids that capture a moment of magic. We only see what is purposefully positioned. It’s a wonder that we can even walk and talk without stopping to take a selfie or two. If only all of that time were spent doing something productive, like reading a novel? Think of the brain cells that would be used!