Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s selfie together with Barack Obama and David Cameron during memorial ceremony for Nelson Mandela have gained tremendous attention worldwide.
The trend is followed by Erna Solberg in Norway. Solberg shares her selfie pictures from the traditional Christmas table on her Instagram account.
A selfie is a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone, and is usually taken in a slightly tilted manner. Selfies are often associated with social networking. They are often casual, are typically taken either with a camera held at arm’s length or in a mirror, and typically include either only the photographer or the photographer and as many people as can be in focus. Selfies taken that involve multiple people are known as “group selfies”.
Initially popular with young people, selfies have become popular among adults as well. In December 2012, Time magazine noted that selfie was among its “top 10 buzzwords” of 2012; although selfies had existed for years, it was in 2012 that the term “really hit the big time”. A poll commissioned by smartphone and camera maker Samsung found that selfies make up 30% of the photos taken by people aged 18–24. The trend has gained a new dimension recently with Barack Obama, Cameron Smith and Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s selfie during Mandel’s funeral.
By 2013, the word “selfie” had become commonplace enough to be monitored for inclusion in the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary. In November 2013, the word “selfie” was announced as being the “word of the year” by the Oxford English Dictionary, which gave the word itself an Australian origin.