Self-portraits have been around for years, but the term “selfie” just started gaining notoriety in recent years. For the most part, they are photos that people take of themselves with cameras or cell phones. And people often post them online or on social media platforms as well. But some people have argued that taking these photos regularly isn’t the healthiest activity. Today has even been designated as “No Selfie Day” to encourage people to take a break from the constant self-portraits. So what do people think of these photos and the impact they can have on self-esteem?
In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 11% of respondents said they take selfies often. 23% said they sometimes take selfies. 27% said they rarely take selfies. 35% never take them. And just 5% said they don’t even know what a selfie is.
But even though few people seem to participate very often, 51% said they often see others post selfies online. 28% see other people posting selfies sometimes. 12% rarely see them. And just 9% said they never do. So it seems that the people who take a lot of selfies post them often enough so that more people notice them online regularly.
Not every single selfie necessarily ends up online though. In fact, just 5% of people said that they always post the selfies they take online. 13% said they post their selfies most of the time. 14% post them online about half the time. 38% rarely post them. And 31% never do.
81% of those who post selfies online said they regularly post them to Facebook. 25% post them on Instagram. 22% post them on Twitter. 11% post them on their blog or website. And 9% post them online in other places, like Snapchat or Tumblr.
There’s been quite a bit of debate recently about what kind of impact selfies can have on people and their self-esteem. 43% think that selfies can actually be positive for people’s self esteem. But 58% think that taking a lot of selfies can turn people into narcissists. And 81% of respondents think that some people take too many selfies.
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Results were collected on March 13 via AYTM’s online survey panel.