Facts about No Selfies Day

No Selfies Day is a relatively new day of celebration that encourages people to put down their smartphones and enjoy the world around them without the constant urge to take selfies.

Here are some interesting facts about No Selfies Day which you may not know:

  • No Selfies Day is celebrated annually on March 16th. It was first observed in 2014 by a group of students at a university in Michigan.
  • The purpose of No Selfies Day is to raise awareness about the negative effects of excessive smartphone use, especially when it comes to taking selfies. The holiday encourages people to take a break from social media and focus on their surroundings and the people around them.
  • According to a survey conducted by Samsung in 2017, the average millennial (someone born between the early 1980s and late 1990s) takes 25,700 selfies in their lifetime. That’s a lot of selfies!
  • Selfies have been around for a lot longer than you might think. The first known selfie was taken in 1839 by Robert Cornelius, an American pioneer of photography. He took the photo by setting up the camera and then running into frame to take his own picture.
  • The term “selfie” was first coined in 2002 by an Australian man named Nathan Hope, who posted a photo of his bloody lip on an online forum and referred to it as a “selfie.”
  • No Selfies Day is not just about refraining from taking selfies yourself. It’s also about encouraging others to put down their phones and enjoy the world around them. So, be sure to spread the word and get others involved in this important day.
  • No Selfies Day is not just about taking a break from selfies, but also about promoting self-love and self-acceptance. Rather than constantly seeking validation through likes and comments on social media, No Selfies Day encourages people to focus on their own happiness and well-being.

So, on March 16th this year, why not put down your device and focus on the people and experiences that truly matter in your life, whilst enjoying the beauty of the world around us.

Feature image “Silhouette of a Tourist Girl Taking a Selfie” by MyStockPhotos is marked with CC0 1.0.