The Psychology of Selfies: Why We Love Taking and Viewing Photos of Faces

by Courtney Seiter
How many photos of you are on your phone right now? Humans take almost 1 trillion photos a year. (To put that into context, that’s more photos every few minutes than in the entire 19th century.) And lots of these photos are selfies—self-portraits, usually taken with a smartphone. As of this writing, nearly 300 million Instagram photos had been tagged with the selfie label.Read the full article


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