Study shows that more than half of Canadians have done the deed
TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - More than half of Canadians do it.
Most of them don't like to talk about it. And lots think Kim Kardashian
does it way too much. It is of course the "selfie". Once the exclusive
domain of the egotistical, the friendless and the unusually long-armed,
the selfie has exploded as the go-to photo style for 2013. Oxford
Dictionary even hopped on board, making it their word of the year and
defining it as "a photograph one has taken of oneself, typically with a
smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website".1
In celebration of the 'year of the selfie', Virgin Mobile Canada reached
out to Canadians who are familiar with the concept, to find out the
good, the bad and the ugly about this growing trend. The study,
commissioned with Vision Critical, got all scientific to learn exactly
why these Canadians do it, how many snaps it takes to make get the
'spontaneous' look, and how everyone really feels about selfie-obsessed
The results are in, and they're full of surprises. More than half of all
Canadians (53 per cent) have done the deed, with 76 per cent of those
selfie-loving Canadians specifically in the 18-34 age range. Whether
it's front row at a concert, hanging with a BFF in class, or a little
solo-action, selfies have struck a chord with Canadian millennials, and
become the hottest picture-perfect trend of the year.
"I am not ashamed to admit that I may have taken the odd selfie", said
Joseph Ottorino, managing director, Virgin Mobile Canada. "Like many
Canadians, I care about instant access, getting the right angle and
embodying the YOLO mantra. With our phones attached to us at all times,
it makes sense to see people using them to capture moments as they
So why do Canadians take selfies? It's one part nostalgia, one part good
sense and a pinch of vanity. Forty-four per cent of Canadians, who have
taken a selfie, say they take them to capture a memorable moment; 33
per cent take selfies because they don't have someone else to take the
photo and 31 per cent take selfies to share a good photo of themselves.
And apparently Canadians have some self-snapping skills, because 55 per
cent say they only take between one to three shots before they're
satisfied enough with the shot to hit send.
Virgin Mobile Canada sat down with selfie expert Jen Kirsch to identify
five sure-fire ways to know if you're a selfie lover:
Selfie Overload: You have been un-friended or had your social feeds blocked on more than
Hello, are you there?: When you're out somewhere and focus more on taking photos than
everything happening around you.
'Til death do us part: Your phone is in hand at all times because you can't stand missing a
good photo opp.
Selfie by choice: When given the option to have someone take your photo, you decline in
favour of the selfie.
Gallery of thy selfie: All of your photo galleries are dominated by selfies.
"Looking at Facebook or Instagram in the last year, it's obvious that
there's a growing number of selfies being taken," said Jen Kirsch.
"With more photo sharing apps at our disposal, a growing number of
scandalous celeb selfies and perhaps an increased desire to show off
what you got and who you're with, there has never been a better time to
look into selfie habits."
A Few More Selfie Stats:
Selfies are gender ambiguous - men (78 per cent) and women (79 per cent)
who are familiar with the concept of a selfie photo are equally likely
to have taken one
71 per cent of people who take selfies rarely or never share them, 29
per cent do share
Men are less likely than women to share their selfie, 75 per cent rarely
or never share
67 per cent of people familiar with selfies, don't care about celebrity
Canadians want to see Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian take
less selfies at 46 per cent , 41 per cent and 40 per cent respectively
Have an amazing selfie you want to share? We want to see it! Share it
with Virgin Mobile Canada's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About the survey
From November 20th to November 21st 2013 an online survey was conducted
among 1,009 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum
panelists and who are familiar with the concept of a selfie photo. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.1%,
19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted
according to education, age, gender and region (and in Quebec language)
Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult
population of Canada.
A second online survey was conducted from November 21st to November 22nd
2013 among 1500 randomly selected nationally representative Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of
error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of
20, and results were weighted in the same way as the first survey.
Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
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1 For the purposes of this survey, a selfie has been defined any photo
you have taken of yourself, regardless of the device you used to
capture the photo or whether or not you shared it with others.
SOURCE: Virgin Mobile Canada
For further information:
Sheryl Davey, Virgin Mobile Canada