Updated: 12/10/2023 by Computer Hope
Woman and child taking a selfie.

A selfie is a method of taking a photograph of oneself by oneself, usually at arm's length or in a mirror. The term was coined by the photographer Jim Krause in his 2005 book Photo Idea Index and was previously called a self-portrait. However, the term "selfie" was popularized with the advent of camera phones, small digital cameras, and social networking sites.

In December 2012, Time magazine noted that the selfie was among its "top 10 buzzwords" of 2012. The selfie had been around for years but became really popular as more people joined Instagram and Twitter.


Selfie was featured as a top term of 2012.

What is a selfie drone?

A selfie drone is a drone that gives you the ability to get an aerial selfie. A selfie drone may be an autonomous drone that flies by itself to take a selfie or a drone that is remotely controlled by you or someone else.

Has anyone died taking a selfie?

Yes. Many people each year die taking selfies. For example, in 2016, over 70 selfie deaths occurred in India when people were taking pictures near railroad tracks and not aware of oncoming trains. Other selfie deaths were caused when taking selfies with weapons and by thrill seekers in dangerous locations.

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