- Report finds some users can’t opt out of Facebook’s face recognition Monday 7:27 PM
- Get emotional over this real-life pastor baptizing an anime girl in virtual reality Monday 6:53 PM
- Twitter wants to know what Jack in the Box did to offend Kim Kardashian Monday 6:38 PM
- ‘Game of Thrones’ meme claims King’s Landing is an ‘inside job’ Monday 6:06 PM
- Report: Personal data of 49 million Instagram influencers exposed online Monday 4:57 PM
- ‘Stranger Things’ season 3 trailer teases a wet, hot American summer Monday 4:02 PM
- What Daenerys’ biggest ‘Game of Thrones’ scenes have in common with Nazi propaganda Monday 3:12 PM
- Here’s what’s coming to Amazon Prime in June Monday 2:11 PM
- Where did Jon Snow go? Unpacking the ‘Game of Thrones’ ending Monday 2:04 PM
- So, did anyone actually win ‘Game of Thrones’? Monday 1:29 PM
- The surprising religious subtext of ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Monday 12:53 PM
- Robin Arryn got hot—and the internet is seriously shook Monday 12:40 PM
- Tana Mongeau is going to VidCon a year after TanaCon disaster Monday 12:12 PM
- What have 2020 Democrats said about Alabama’s abortion ban? Monday 11:36 AM
- People keep throwing milkshakes at the U.K.’s far-right politicians Monday 11:10 AM
Selfies ruled everything around us this year.
The OED defines selfie as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” Back in August, when the word was added, editors explained that selfie was on their radar last year:
“At the time, selfie featured primarily in social media contexts, but had attracted media attention after Hillary Clinton apparently used the word in a text message to the owner of a Tumblr dedicated to an image of her texting.”
A Hillary bump might have broken the word loose from its social media shackles, but since then, its usage has gone up 17,000 percent. A Google Trends search shows its popularity has exploded in 2013, which the OED took into consideration when anointing it word of the year.
This year alone, Tumblrs devoted to teens taking selfies at inappropriate places reached peak popularity; Rihanna’s selfie with a slow loris prompted a criminal investigation; members of Mexican drug cartels got in on the self-reflection; a rapper created an online forum for his female fans’ selfies; and three sisters crashed the College World Series with a $1,500 selfie. An then there was this guy.
It should be noted that selfie beat out twerk, schmeat, and bitcoin for word of the year. It has yet to be added to the print edition.
Photo via Average Jane/Flickr
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.