Survey Says

Smize! Selfies Are Now the Most Popular Genre of Photo

Only a matter of time before there's a selfie exhibit at the Smithsonian.
The seflie. (Photo: Hashgram)

The selfie. (Photo: Hashgram)

Selfies are now the most popular brand of pictures among British youth, thus narrowly beating out the sorority squat and pre-gaming action shots.

A new poll reveals that 30 percent of youth aged 18 to 24 have admitted to snapping selfies. However, more men admitted to taking them than women, so we’d like to humbly request that all of the naughty pictures be submitted to Guys with iPhones.

And all those selfies aren’t just ending up on Snapchat either. Two-thirds of the 3,000 respondents use their phones, computers, and tablets to catalog their pictures, thus delivering the final death blow to the traditional family photo album. Unfortunately for Flickr’s redesign, more than half said they prefer to use Facebook for photo sharing.

Of the pictures taken, one in five people said they were shot with the intention of (over)sharing them on platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, with 10 percent saying they upload those pictures within 60 seconds after shooting them.

But there’s going to be a special place in heaven for 34 percent of survey takers: they admitted to not bother sharing their pictures on social media at all. Then what the hell’s the point?

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