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

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

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