It takes 16 minutes and 6 snaps to get the perfect selfie!
Giving a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘self-obsessed’ – the average young woman spends over FIVE HOURS a week taking selfies, new research has shown.
A study of 2,000 women found those aged between 16 and 25 to be the worst offenders when it comes to constantly snapping themselves.
Over half said they take selfies ‘all the time’, with the average snap-rate coming in at three selfies every day.
And with applying make-up, getting the right lighting and perfecting the angle, the time spent on each photo-taking session added up to 48 minutes a day – that’s a baffling five hours and 36 minutes every week.
Newby Hands, of www.feelunique.com which commissioned the survey, said: ”The act of taking a selfie has become a huge phenomenon.
”But it isn’t about us becoming a nation of narcissists, but more a new way to share our ideas and inspirations.
”Scrolling through an Instagram feed full of selfies provides a ready-made mood board of new make-up tips, hair ideas and fitness inspiration.
”And selfies aren’t just for celebrities and models – we can all take them, share them and play around with new looks.”
The research showed a significant trend among the younger generation to suffer from ‘selfie-esteem’ – linking their own body confidence with the amount of ‘likes’ they receive on a selfie via social media.
In fact, a snap-happy 22 per cent even cited getting ‘likes’ to boost their ego as the main reason for taking them.
But getting individual attention was also a factor, as one in three admitted to using their sexiest selfies to catch the eye of a potential love interest.
And it’s a revenge act for one in five, who confessed they’d posted suggestive pics of themselves to make an ex-partner regret ending their relationship.
On a more concerning level, 27 per cent of the younger women confessed they actually delete selfies within minutes if they haven’t gained enough ‘likes’ on social media.
And four in ten said they take so many selfies they’ve become more analytical of their faces, finding flaws they hadn’t previously seen.
The standard routine for a selfie-session, the women said, was to re-do their make-up, fix their hairstyle and wear a flattering outfit before finding a suitable position with good lighting.
After taking an average of six shots that are deleted, the ‘perfect selfie’ would then be uploaded to at least two social media sites.
Amazingly, one in ten 16-25 year olds were found to be storing at least 150 selfies on their computer and smartphones, taken everywhere from their bathrooms or cars to their office desks.
But it wasn’t just the younger generation that were selfie obsessed – of the 2,000 women polled, 28 per cent admitted to taking a photo of themselves at least once a week.
Over half of the women agreed that taking an attractive selfie boosts their mood when they feel down over their looks.
But many didn’t care for the extensive preparation – and said they only take selfies before a night out on the town, as they’re already ‘photo-ready’.
Hands also said, ”Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Nicole Scherzinger have described the positive effects of selfies and many young people have followed suit.
”To many they’re seen as empowering, and those who post selfies with a specific ‘niche’ can often end up with quite a following.”