It can be as easy as “1-2-3 say cheese!” or as dangerous as falling off a cliff trying to get that perfect snapshot—the pursuit of the best selfie includes everything from finding the right filter to locating exotic landscapes, from knowing your angles to perfecting the art of lighting, and so much more. For better or for worse, people all over the world today are turning the lens back on themselves and telling their stories through the image of their own faces.
Since the term “selfie” was first coined, the envelope has been pushed further and further—and yet selfies are still really only a few years old. This is only the beginning, and things sound like they’re about to get even more interesting. But for now, read on to get a better picture with 41 shameless facts about selfies.
41. Look at ME ME ME
The hope is that selfies show off personality—a window into who you are. But they can also be a serious red flag when they become an addiction for those suffering from body dysmorphic disorder (the irrational belief that some aspect of one’s appearance is severely flawed and needs to be fixed, or at least hidden, at all costs). Selfie-addiction is actually a recognized mental health disorder—one with an frighteningly high suicide rate.