The Selfiest City in Europe Goes To…

For every 100,000 people in Manchester, England, 114 of them are taking a selfie.

Talk about self-love.

If you’re not familiar with the term ‘selfie’, Oxford Dictionaries defines it as:  “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smart phone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”

Manchester may wear the crown in Europe, but there are seven cities posting even more photos of themselves. To find the self-proclaimed selfie capital of the world, TIME built a database of more than 400,000 Instagram photos tagged “selfie” that included geographic coordinates. (TIME, 2014)

Of the 459 cities ranked, Makati City, Philippines came out on top, producing more selfies per capita than any other city in the world with 258 selfie-takers per 100,000 people.

Second place went to Manhattan, N.Y., with 202 selfie-takers per 100,000 people, and third place is Miami, Fla. with 155 selfie-takers per 100,000 people.

TIME was sure to mention that not all photos tagged with the term “selfie” were actual selfies, and that informal tests showed that vast majority of the photos were of a single person.

Legoland Manchester make their own version of the world-famous Oscar selfie.
( @LDCManchester )

Cat Takin’ a Selfie ( Imgur )

Prince and English actor James Corden at the Brit Awards ( @JKCorden )

While some may shocked at where their city ranks, Manchester native Molly Smith is not.

Manchester Student Molly Smith Poses for a selfie (Molly Smith)

Smith told MancunianMatters writer Tim Hyde, “I am not surprised that Mancunians take the most selfies in the UK because as girls we love taking photos of ourselves.”

She added, “I would take around five selfies to make sure I got a good one. But on a night out I would take loads of group selfies with my friends, probably more than 25.”

The Globe and Mail columnist Sarah Hampson says, “The selfie, in other words, is starting to serve as a portrait of the culture at large, a Rorschach test for a collective anxiety about how rapid technological change and social media are shaping society, providing tools that allow us to become Neros fiddling while ice caps melt and genocides rage.”

In other words, she believes our generation is too self-absorbed, and controlled by the ego, ignoring the fact that there are real issues going on.

And she isn’t the only one who thinks so.

English Actress Chelsea Healey ( @ChelseaHealey )

English Actress Chelsea Healey, who’s selfie has been circulating as part of media coverage of TIME’s survey results, is not too impressed with the headlining news.

She tweets,(@ChelseaHealey)If it was not clear before, it’s obvious now: We are in the Age of the Selfie.

To find out where your city ranks, header over to TIME and play around with the interactive map.