Would you send me a Selfie? One of those self-portraits you take with your smart phone?
If that question sounds weird to you, you’re not a member of the Millennial generation. In fact, the odder that question sounds, the older you are. And, I admit that it sounds pretty odd to me!
But: Do you know when the very first selfie was taken?
Millennials are digital natives. Computers, the internet, social media, and apps galore are as natural to them as the telephone and typewriter were to their parents. So, it is no surprise that selfies are common among Millennials. Over half (55%) have shared a self-portrait on a social media site, according to the new report from the Pew Research Center.
Members of Generation X are much less likely to share a selfie, even though they are the closest in age to the Millennials. Only one of four (24%) Gen X-ers have shared a selfie, Pew finds. When you get to my generation—the Baby Boomers—hardly anyone has a selfie. Only 9%, according to Pew. And, just 4% of the Silent Generation have shared a picture of themselves on a social media site.
Millennials didn’t invent the selfie, thought they did popularize it. The very first self-portrait with a camera was taken by one Robert Cornelius in 1839, according to the Library of Congress.
Have you posted a selfie on a social media site?
Do you think that Millennials who do so are sharing too much private information?
Would you send us a selfie?