Majority of Camera Phone Users Admit ‘Selfie Envy’

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New PicsArt Survey Also Shows 74% Annoyed by “Selfie Posers”; Backlash Gives Rise to the Artistic Selfie

PicsArt Inc., developer and publisher of the wildly popular PicsArt mobile photo editing and drawing app, today announced a new survey in which 51% of camera phone users admitted they wished their selfies were as good as others they have seen.

While 89% agreed selfies are “just for fun,” the survey also found that most (44%) users will use photo editing apps to create “artistic selfies” by applying, for instance, motion blur effects or photoblending techniques. 42% report using photo editing apps to correct red-eye and other flaws in the image, and perhaps counter to conventional wisdom, only 13% edit their photos to fix their own personal appearance, such as removing blemishes.

The rise of the artistic selfie could be part of a selfie backlash; 74% confessed they are sometimes annoyed by the selfies posted by others, with more than half blaming it on how people pose in their photos.

“While selfies may be considered by some as an exercise of vanity, our research shows selfies are also beginning to emerge as a fun format for more artistic expression,” said Hovhannes Avoyan, CEO at PicsArt. “Many of the artistic selfies popping up on social networks are inspired works that still capture beauty but in very unconventional, creative ways.”

More on Capturing:

When asked what they tend to focus most on when taking their selfies, survey participants responded as follows:

  • 34%: My personal appearance
  • 23%: A special moment
  • 19%: My surroundings
  • 16%: Who I’m with
  • 7%: My personality
  • 2%: My interests

The majority of camera phone users (68%) will take up to 3 photos before creating one that’s good enough to post. 23% will take up to 6, and 6% will take up to 9. Only 3% take 10 or more photos before settling on one that’s good enough to share online. Women are 22% more likely than men to take 4 or more photos before posting. They are also 19% more likely than men to focus on their attractiveness when creating their selfies.

More on Editing:

55% of camera phone users will spend up to 15 minutes taking and editing their selfies until they feel they’re good enough to post online while 13% will take as much as 30 minutes to get their selfies just right.

73% prefer to experiment with feature-rich photo editing apps over those that emphasize simplicity.

More on Posting:

Once a selfie is posted, 88% will typically wait at least a week before posting another. Only 9% report posting up to 5 selfies per week while 3% will post as many as 10 per week.

Generation Gaps:

Unsurprisingly, younger users are more likely to take selfies with 69% of 18-29 year-olds, 51% of 30-44 year-olds, 37% of 45-60 year-olds, and 16% of 60+ year-olds taking part in the selfie craze. While 18-29 year-olds are at least 15% more likely than other age groups to focus on their personal appearance when creating a selfie, 45-60+ year-olds care most about capturing a special moment.

More than 660 camera phone users in the US (18 years-old or older) participated in the PicsArt Selfie Survey, conducted online during the month of May, 2014.

About PicsArt
PicsArt is a free and full featured photo editing and drawing mobile app available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Based in Mountain View, Calif., the app is also home to the largest art-based mobile social network of more than 13 million artists, which allows users to connect with and inspire one another from anywhere in the world. The app has been installed more than 130 million times and continues to expand and improve, so anyone can unleash their creativity and become a great artist.

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