There’s no doubt that we live in a selfie-obsessed world. Just this week, The Hollywood Reporter published an article about Cannes Film Festival organizers planning to ban red-carpet selfies, while Menlo Park-based start-up Lily will soon offer a levitating drone camera that may take the craze to new heights with the promise of — wait for it — aerial selfies. And today, a Romanian teen was tragically killed while attempting to take the “ultimate selfie” on top of a train. She was electrocuted after touching a high-voltage wire above the train, reports ABC News.
And while these may be extreme cases, a new study from Australia reveals that the world’s growing obsession with auto-photography may be ballooning into a serious time suck for the everyday teenager. According to the research published in this article, which surveyed 2,000 women, the average 16-24 year old spends about 48 minutes a day to take the perfect selfie. Yes, that’s close to an hour per day devoted to primping, clicking and posting those photos on a variety of social media accounts. Tally it all up and that’s more than five hours a week.
So who exactly is so selfie-obsessed? That’d be the majority of US teens, according to Pew Research Center’s “Millennials in Adulthood” study, which reveals that 55 percent of Generation Y, otherwise known as millennials, post selfies.