If you are reading this, take out your cellular device and check how many photos you have. Now count how many of them are selfies.
You probably know that a “selfie” is a photograph of yourself, taken by yourself. It’s the self-portrait of the digital age.
Many people take selfies in their spare time, me being one of them. Justin Denison, senior vice president of product strategy and marketing for Samsung, stated that people take an average of 25,000 selfies during their lifetime. Another cool fact is that the word “selfie” was named Word of the Year in 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries, beating “twerk” and “binge-watch.”
The picture to your left is the famous Ellen Degeneres Oscar selfiethat was retweeted more than 1 million times on Twitter, breaking the previous record set by former president Barack Obama after his re-election. You can see A-list celebrities such as Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Peter Nyong’o, and Angelina Jolie.
I bet you post a lot of your selfies on social media sites such as Instagram or Facebook. When you scroll through your Instagram, have you ever noticed a difference in how girls and boys take selfies?
I know I have, so let’s look at the differences:
What Girls vs Boys Do…
Before their selfies, to capture the image they want: Preparation
Boys do not do much to their appearance before taking a photo. Girls, on the the other hand, go through a whole process prior to taking selfies. Girls have to put on foundation, highlight, contour, then blush, powder, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, and sometimes lipstick. Let’s not forget that you have to do those eyebrows because #eyebrows-must-be-on-fleek. In addition, hair. Girls can either curl, straighten, or braid their hair, and it takes time.
2. In their selfies: Expression
Girls take selfies where they have expressions like the “kissing pout” or “duck lips.” They
also use their fingers or hands to cradle or caress an object. Females do this to be more attractive, sexy, and feminine.
Boys have a tendency to pose with a crisp smirk or to take a selfie presenting their body, especially their muscles and abs. That is how males showcase how attractive they are.
3.To their selfies, to make them look good: Camera Angles/Lighting
The way girls and boys hold their phone to take their selfies is different.
Girls are more likely to take their selfies from just above head height, because they want to disguise any areas of the body that they may feel less confident about.
Boys are more likely to take pictures from waist high to appear taller or powerful, because girls perceive tall men as stronger.