The noun defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website,” has definitely earned the distinction over other buzz words, such as twerk, bitcoin and showrooming. So, in honor of selfies’ continuing dominance in the world, here are 10 facts that you should know about 2013’s word of the year.
10. Selfie was officially added to OxfordDictinaries.com in August 2013.
9. The first time that #selfie was used was in 2004 on Flickr.
8. The word selfie in the English language has skyrocketed in use. It has increased by 17,000% since 2012.
7. Time magazine included the word selfie in its “top 10 buzzwords” of 2012.
6. Samsung discovered that selfies make up 30% of the photos taken by people between the ages of 18–24.
5. There are 35 million posts containing#selfie among the 150 million Instagram users.
4. Designer/photographer Jim Krause claims to have coined the term selfie sometime in 2005.
3. People have taken self-portraits since the 1880s, when camera shutters with self-timers were first available. This increased in 1900 with the debut of the portable Kodak Brownie box.
2. Selfies are most popular in Australia, followed by the U.S. and Canada. In fact, a 2013 survey found that two-thirds of Australian women between the age 18-35 take selfies.
1. According to research, the word selfie first appeared in September 13, 2002 on the ABC online forum in Australia.