It’s official: Millennials love taking selfies.
A recent Pew Research Center poll found that 55 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 33 had posted a selfie to a social media site.
Compare that to Generation X (24 percent) and Baby Boomers (9 percent). This pretty much guarantees that millennials will become the most self-documented generation in history. But is that so terrible?
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Singer Justin Bieber takes a "selfie" with a fan at a premiere in Los Angeles on Dec. 18, 2013.
As Jennifer Ouellette, author of "Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self,” recently told NBC News, taking selfies could represent a natural human urge to claim a personal identity, rather than rampant narcissism.
Selfies have been taken since at least 1920, not counting the long history of self-portraits and busts that have been commissioned over the centuries.
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Not that millennials don’t think that some people go too far. Like every age group, most of them -- around 90 percent -- said that Internet users generally shared too many things about themselves online.
If this disturbs you, well, too bad. The next generation is taking so many of them that reports of teens spreading lice by sticking their heads together for selfies went viral. (It probably wasn't true). Even toddlers are taking selfies. So, yeah, they are probably not going away anytime soon.
First published March 7 2014, 11:36 AM
Keith Wagstaff is a contributing writer at NBC News. He covers technology, reporting on Internet security, mobile technology and more. He joined NBC News from The Week, where he was a staff writer covering politics. Prior to his work at The Week, he was a technology writer at TIME.
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He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.