New Delhi: Selfies have probably existed as long as hand-held cameras have been a thing. Human vanity is so utterly profound that if we’re given the opportunity to do something self-aggrandizing, we do. This habit, in our defense, doesn’t seem to be strictly human in nature. Given access to a camera and a little time to figure it out, monkeys will start snapping selfies like no one’s business. In 2014, BBC officially declared a Selfie Day, which amusingly heralded a sudden decline in selfies. Interestingly, there was a similar drop after the Oxford English Dictionary added ‘selfie’ to its pages.
Selfie day is best celebrated by taking tons and tons of selfies in pursuit of the perfect one. So get out there with your camera and take a picture of yourself every time the opportunity presents itself, we won’t judge you! You can even buy yourself a selfie-stick to take pictures of yourself with. For once you don’t have to be embarrassed to take a selfie and post on your profiles, you’ve got one clear excuse and an absolute pass on it for the day. Here are some fun facts about Selfie Day, you didn’t know.
- In 2014, the word selfie officially made its debut in the Oxford English Dictionary. In the same year, BBC officially declared a selfie Day.
- Photography enthusiast Robert Cornelius is credited to have taken the world’s first selfie in 1839. Apparently, the man had to stand still for at least 3 minutes to take the said picture.
- It’s not just humans who are fond of this art. Even Monkeys will get in on the action if you leave your camera around. In 2011, a photographer David Slater left his camera for a macaque monkey who then proceeded to take a selfie which became quite popular at the time.
- Ellen Degeneres’ 2014 Oscar selfie became the most retweeted picture ever and broke the internet with 3.4 million retweets, But it’s Bradley Cooper who owns the copyrights to the selfie since the rule of selfie clearly states – whoever shoots a picture, gains its copyrights.
So on this National Selfie Day, all you have to do is click a picture yourself and post it on social media, mainly Instagram and add #NationalSelfieDay in the caption and perhaps on these interesting facts to raise your selfie game.