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Revealed: selfie secrets from across the world

Red7 , February 27, 2014

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Women take more selfies than men, but men are more likely to post their selfies online.

That’s according to the boffins behind the Selfiecity website.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, the California Institute for Telecommunication and Information, and the Graduate Center at City University of New York examined more than two million Instagram images from 13 cities around the world in an attempt to unveil the patterns and trends beneath the phenomenon.

They found that after age 40 the trend reverses and  men are more likely than women to take selfies on Instagram than women.

Lev Manovich, a computer science professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY, revealed that women are more likely to tilt their heads in photos, with the average amount of head tilt in women being 50 percent higher than in men.

In Sao Paulo, on average, women tilt their heads to 16.9 degrees whereas in New York City, women only tilt their head to 11 degrees.

According to the  boffins, people in Bangkok and Sao Paulo are happier than people in Moscow. Or at least they smile more.

Manovich told reporters:”Instagram is a universal language. But there are important differences in gender, ages, and style in different cities.”

The news comes in the wake of a health warning that the selfie trend is causing a rise a boom in head lice.

Marcy McQuillian, who runs two Nitless Noggins treatment centres in the United States claims that head bumping for group selfies has caused a rise in the number of young people, especially teenage girls, contracting headlice.

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