The Science Behind Selfies

Data-mining the selfie with – extensive analysis and an interactive selfie browser

Enter SelfieCity, a website that takes an analytical view at “selfies” taken from users in Bangkok, Berlin, Moscow, New York, and Sao Paolo. The site uses image recognition and analysis to analyze tilt, angle, mood, and all the other things that make the selfie what it is.

This is data-mining and vanity together, at its finest – as well as an interesting use of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform.

Get down to the details by seeing the complete analysis and reading some full-length reports on SelfieCity, but most exciting is the interactive selfie browser Selfiexploratory.

Women’s selfies show more expressive poses; for instance, the average amount of head tilt is 150% higher than for men: (12.3° vs. 8.2°). Sao Paulo is most extreme – there, the average head tilt for females is 16.9°