10 Things You Didn’t Know About Selfies (Selfie Statistics)

selfie statistics facts

Here are some of the most interesting (and scary) selfie statistics and facts I’ve stumbled across in my stat-seeking travels. Enjoy!

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for a year, you should know what a selfie is by now. The term has been around for quite a while, but over the past year it has escaped the vocabulary of social media junkies and has penetrated pop culture in a gigantic way.

Apps are designed specifically for selfie-taking; phone accessories are being designed to help make it easier to snap a selfie; a selfie themed TV show is in the works; heck, they even teach classes now on how to take a better selfie.
People from 2 to 92 are going crazy taking pictures of themselves and then posting them everywhere on social media for their poor friends to give an obligatory like to. Seriously, I was at the train station yesterday and a couple behind me, easily in their 70’s, snapped a pic with their phone and then told their senior friends that they wanted a selfie of their trip.

So how crazy is this selfie phenomenon? Let’s take a look.

Selfie Statistics and Facts

Average number of selfies people take during their lifetime:

25,000 selfies

Percentage of US plastic surgons that report seeing patients who wanted to look better in selfies:


The estimated median age of a person that takes a selfie:

Facebook users’ share of all selfies shared on social media:


Number of selfies posted on Instagram to date:

35 million

City with most selfies on Instagram:

Makati, Philippines

City with 2nd most selfies on Instagram:

New York, New York

Snapchat’s share of overall selfies shared on social media:


Percentage of male college students that share selfies on Snapchat:


Percentage of female college students that share selfies on Snapchat:


Celebrity with most Instagram selfies:

Kylie Jenner w/451

Average number of selfies millennials are projected to take in their lifetime:


Percentage of teens that rarely of never post selfies on social media:


Last updated 7/21/19

Bonus: The most retweeted message ever happens to be a selfie:

If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014

Image credit:Brian McGuirk via flickr