TIME picks Makati city as the ‘World’s Selfie Capital’

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TIME Magazine has tagged Makati City, the Philippines’ financial center as the “Selfie Capital of the World.”

Cebu City selfie instances
Cebu City selfie instances [via TIME Magazine]

TIME based its choice on self-shot photographs that are intensely popular among younger social media users and found out that Makati’s 500,000 residents produce more selfies than locals of any other city around the world.

In investigating the geography of selfie-taking, the publication built a database of over 400,000 Instagram photos which were tagged “selfie” and included geographic coordinates of 459 cities. Areas near one another were combined in the study.

TIME concluded that there are 258 selfie-takers per 100,000 people in Makati, making it the “selfiest city” in the world.

In this map from TIME Magazine, each yellow dot represents one selfie taken recently over the course of a ten-day period.

The magazine also reported that Cebu City was the ninth “selfiest city.”

Also in the list were:

  1. Manhattan, New York with 202 selfie-takers per 100,000 people;
  2. Miami, Florida with 55 selfie-takers per 100,000 people;
  3. Anaheim and Santa Ana, California with 147 selfie-takers per 100,000 people;
  4. Petaling Jaya, Malaysia with 141 selfie-takers per 100,000 people;
  5. Tel Aviv, Israel with 139 selfie-takers per 100,000 people;
  6. Manchester, England with 114 selfie-takers per 100,000 people;
  7. Milan, Italy with 108 selfie-takers per 100,000 people;
  8. Cebu City, Philippines with 99 selfie-takers per 100,000 people; and
  9. George Town, Malaysia with 95 selfie-takers per 100,000 people.

(story courtesy of TIME Magazine’s Chris Wilson)

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