Which narcissistic city is the world's 'selfiest'?
Music fans pose for a selfie before the start of Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (AP / Silvia Izquierdo)
Published Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:24AM EDT
Wondering what the “selfiest” city in the world is? According to Time Magazine, the tendency to take photographs of onself and upload them to the Internet is strongest in Makati City, in the Philippines.
The Philippine city produces more selfies per capita than any other city in the world, with 258 selfie-takers per 100,000 people, according to the data.
Rounding out the top five spots were Manhattan, Miami, Anaheim and Santa Ana, Calif., and Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
And coming in at numbers 81 and 98 were Victoria and Edmonton, respectively -- the only Canadian cities to make the list, with 34 and 30 selfies per 100,000 people.
The magazine ranked 459 cities to pinpoint the selfiest places on Earth after analyzing more than 400,000 Instagram photos that were tagged “selfie” and included a geographic location.
The photographs were downloaded from Instagram in two batches in late January and early February, and then once more in early March. But Time Magazine’s Chris Wilson acknowledged that it “only accounts for a fraction of all selfies uploaded during that time since the majority of photos do not include a location.”
The selfie (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 proven to be a veritable mainstay on social media ever since the Oxford dictionary declared it the word of the year in 2013.
Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres’s selfie, taken with a slew of Hollywood heavyweights at the awards ceremony this year became a landmark social media moment after it was retweeted more than 3.3 million times.