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As of December 2017, Instagram has 800 million active users—monthly (Aslam, 2018). It was famously acquired by Facebook in 2012 for the initial price of $1 billion and the final price of $715 million, and Instagram is currently in the same spot revenue-wise as Facebook (Luckerson, 2013). As the popularity of celebrities and famous people being active on Instagram increases, the popularity of Instagram will continue to increase as well. Instagram is the undisputed, official home of the selfie, with the application being immensely popular because of the ability it gives users to edit their photos and then subsequently share their mobile phone art on social media networking websites like Facebook and Twitter. As of June 2017, the hashtag #selfie was used in the caption of over 302 million posts. However, other variations of the hashtag #selfie have been featured on Instagram, such as #selfies, #selfiesunday, #selfienation, #selfiesfordays, and #selfieee, among others ( The Huffington Post , 2013). The hashtag #selfie was not one of the top 100 hashtags on Instagram as of January
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38 2013—it grew more than 200 percent in usage as the year progressed. Much of that rapid progression may have been the result of selfies posted by celebrities on Instagram, such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality television star Kylie Jenner, who has posted the most selfies at 451, and rapper Snoop Dogg, who has posted 271 photos of himself. On the other side of the selfie spectrum on Instagram, talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres have posted the lowest number of selfies, with the former posting none and the latter posting only four, despite posting the most famous selfie of 2014 when she hosted the Academy Awards that year ( The Huffington Post , 2013). Statistics also establish Instagram as the official home of the selfie, with the social media network Twitter—although also popular with posting selfies—being a very close second in terms of selfie-posting prominence and preference. As of October 2013, 3,933 selfies have been posted on Instagram in comparison to 347 on Twitter and, in relation of the cult of celebrity selfies, 11 percent of celebrity posts on Instagram are selfies in comparison to a mere 2 percent of celebrity posts being selfies on Twitter ( The Huffington Post , 2013). The Connection between Gender and “Selfies” In the discussion of “selfies,” women are perceived in general as being fonder of taking and posting selfies than men with women being more active on social media than men (Matthews, 2014). In The Chainsmokers' song “#Selfie,” the song is sung by a party girl (, 2014) and the DJ duo behind that song even wrote an article about the six types of selfies that girls—not guys—take (Wenerd, 2014). Selfies are perceived as vain and self-involved in the context of the Internet and social media. The vanity and self-involvement that is associated with selfies are aspects that are strongly gendered female or perceived as feminine (Benson, 2014).
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