|Selfies from São Paulo|
Using a mix of theoretic, artistic and quantitative methods, a group of researchers this week released their findings on the internet phenomenon of selfies (self-portraits). Studying 3200 selfies across 5 major cities the research from the site Selfiecity.net gives us some interesting conclusions about selfies in São Paulo.
To locate selfies, 120,000 photos were randomly selected (20,000-30,000 photos per city) from a total of 656,000 images collected on Instagram. Depending on the city, 3-5% of all images analysed were identified as selfies giving us a sense of the prevalence of the so-called masturbation of self image
In keeping with global trends 65% of selfies are in São Paulo are taken by women.
Women also tend to take more extreme poses in selfies. Overall the average amount of head tilt is 50% higher than for men: (12.3° vs. 8.2°), São Paulo being the most extreme - here, the average head tilt for females is 16.9°!!
Selfies are also far more common among the young. The average age for São Paulo selfie takers was found to be 22 for women and 25 for men.
|Selfies often mirror historical poses|
And if you want an even deeper analysis check out the rest of the demographics on São Paulo selfies: