I guess it is a sign of our times.
There actually IS a National Selfie Day.
It was started by DJ Rick McNeely as a way to encourage people to take photos of themselves in creative ways.
The first National Selfie Day was celebrated on June 21st, 2014. Four years later, it has really taken off, and I thought it would be fun for us to celebrate it.
What Is a Selfie?
The Oxford English Dictionary defines a selfie as “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone and shared via social media.”
Obviously, self-portraits are nothing new and certainly were around before Instagram. People have been producing the ‘selfie’ for centuries although the medium they use to capture themselves has changed dramatically.
Selfies (or self-portraits) have been created on everything, including oil on canvas, celluloid, photographic film and now digital media.
The advent of the smartphone only made taking a selfie faster, easier and available to more people.
Some Fun Facts About the Selfie
- Over 1 million selfies are estimated to be taken each day, and 91 percent of all teens say they have taken a selfie.
- The average millennial will take 25,700 selfies in their lifetime!
- Instagram has over 53 million photos that are labeled with the hashtag #selfie.
- Multiple selfies have been taken in outer space. Buzz Aldrin took the first space selfie during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966.
- The ‘selfie’ phenomenon began in earnest when people started posting them on Myspace around 2003.
- In 2011, a crested black macaque touched the trigger on a wildlife photographer’s camera that had been set up in an Indonesian jungle. When the camera was recovered, it contained hundreds of macaque selfies including one of a grinning female macaque.
- During a one-week period in October 2013, the word ‘selfie’ was mentioned over 368,000 times in Facebook status updates, and the hashtag #selfie was used in more than 150,000 tweets.
- Selfie was the ‘word of the year’ in 2013 for Oxford Dictionaries.
- According to a 2014 Time study that mapped out 459 cities based on the number of selfies generated, Makati City in the Philippines is the “Selfie Capital of the World” followed by Manhattan and Miami.
- The Museum of Selfies is scheduled to open its doors in 2018 in Glendale, California.
Introducing the Food Selfie
In 1825, French philosopher and food lover Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”
Nowadays, everyone is doing just that with food selfies.
A food selfie is defined as a ‘photo of enticingly good food.’ Similarly, taking food pictures and posting them on social media is known as ‘foodstagramming.’
Whatever you call it, photographing food is wildly popular.
Instagram has greatly fueled the food selfie fire. In 2015, there were around 300 million food photos on Instagram, in comparison to 57 million travel photos and 69 million sunsets. The only thing that beat out food selfies were ‘regular’ selfies, coming in at 316 million.
Some of the most photogenic foods are plant-based foods—veggies and fruits come in all the colors of the rainbow and are easy on the eye!
The Dark…and Light Side of the Selfie
No doubt about it, the selfie is a central feature of modern life. And as with most things, it has a dark and light side to it.
The light side is that it gives us an easy way to share our lives and to express ourselves.
The dark side is that, if it is used too much, it can become narcissistic.
We can all agree that it is best not to take selfies too seriously and instead simply have some fun with them.
Selfies should be a way to celebrate ourselves and the moment—not a fruitless quest for perfection.
To have fun with National Selfie Day, take a picture of yourself preparing or eating your favorite plant-based recipe.
Like this one, Super Bowl, that is totally photo-worthy!