Millennials Selfies: young adults will take more than 25,000 selfies in their lifetime!

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Millennials average 9 selfies per week, spending an average of seven minutes perfecting each one before posting. That’s adds up to about 54 hours per year spent on taking & posting selfies according to this report in the International Business Times:

A recent survey from Luster Premium White, a teeth whitening brand based in Boston, calculated that the average millennial could take up to about 25,700 selfies in his or her lifetime. Ninety-five percent of young adults admitted to having taken at least one such picture of themselves.

Millennials, usually defined as people between the ages of 18 and 34, have proven particularly drawn to selfies. More than half of young adults have posted a selfie to a social media website, compared to 24 percent of Generation X-ers and 9 percent of Baby Boomers, Pew Research Center discovered last March.

Respondents to the Luster survey said they took an average of nine selfies a week and put the average amount of time needed at seven minutes. That adds up to about 54 hours a year of taking selfies, according to the survey, which included responses from 1,000 young adults.

That may sound shocking, but high numbers like those aren’t unheard of. The average 16- to 25-year-old woman spent 16 minutes taking an average of three selfies per day, or five hours a week, according to Beauty site FeelUnique, which commissioned a study earlier this year, Refinery29 reported.

Despite these figures, only 10 percent of respondents told Luster they were addicted to taking selfies.

Advice on how to deal with Sexting & Nude Selfies

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A great little message from Hampshire Constabulary to teenagers on dealing with sexting and nude selfies:

Is someone you’re speaking to online asking you to send nude selfies or sexual pics, or asking you to do things you feel uncomfortable to do? Pressuring, threatening or pushing someone to send sexual pics online is wrong!!

Did you know?  It is an offence for any person to take, share or possess any sexual or nude image of a person U18

So what if you are U18?

  • U18 and taking nude/sexual pics of yourself = offence
  • U18 and having nude/sexual pics of yourself or others U18 on your phone/device = offence
  • U18 and sending or sharing nude/sexual pics of yourslf or others U18 = offence

Remember: You don’t need to be an adult to commit sexual offences online – a criminal record can impact your future employment and freedom to travel abroad

Think before you take or send nude pics … why not send something else? Download the Zipit or Send this Instead app!!  Each app gives you killer comebacks and top tips to help stay in control online!!