Selfies. We know for a fact Malaysians love taking them, but just how do we compare against the other selfie lovers around the world? Time magazine sought to find out, and the results were pretty surprising: two Malaysian cities were listed in the top 10, while a third placed in the top 25 of the world’s “selfiest” cities.
The data compiled by Time was based on images downloaded via the Instagram API, over two sets of five days earlier this year. The images that were downloaded were posts that were tagged “selfie”, so naturally this isn’t the most accurate indicator of the total number of selfies posted throughout the period of the study, as there would be plenty more selfies published without the hashtag. On top of that, more savvy Instagram users will also have turned geotagging off. However, the data set still represents a good indicator of how many people in a particular city love taking pictures of themselves.
The study’s findings were actually rather surprising: the “selfiest” city on earth was Makati City and Pasig in the Philippines, where the two neighbouring cities recorded an average of 258 selfie-taker per 100,000 people. In fact, another city in the Philippines, Cebu, placed ninth in the list, with 99 selfie-takers per 100,000 people.
Malaysia also had two representatives in the top 10. Petaling Jaya placed an admirable fifth, with 141 selfie-takers per 100,000 people; while Penang’s Georgetown rounded up the top 10 with 95 selfie-takers per 100,000 people. For those interested, Kuala Lumpur 21st in the top selfie cities, with 72 selfie-takers per 100,000 people. Though we’re pretty sure there are a lot more selfie-takers than that.
Thanks for the tip, “Hermione”!