Selfies are a worldwide phenomenon that have taken the world by storm over the last few years. These simple pictures of people taking a photo of themselves have flooded all forms of social media and have connected people from all across the world. In fact, over one-million are taken globally each day, and it’s estimated that we spend around 52 hours a year taking selfies. That’s over two days. According to Samsung, selfies take up around 30% of the photos taken by people between the ages of 18-24.
But why is this? At a quick glance, they’re nothing more than a picture of yourself, so why have they become so popular? This is the question that we wanted to find the answer to. We asked a group of high school students at Thornton Academy if they took selfies and, if they took them, why they enjoyed doing it so much.
-Brandon Lebel and Hannah Gorham