Tel Aviv ranks number six in a list of the top 100 cities where people take selfies, according to Time. The magazine recently undertook a study to find out where the most selfies, self-portraits typically taken using a cellphone and often uploaded to Instagram, are taken.
An impressive 139 out of 100,000 Tel Aviv residents regularly take selfies, according to the “top 100 selfiest cities in the world” survey, published last week. The Israeli city ranked behind Makati City, Phillippines, the “selfie capital of the world” with 258 self-photographers per 100,000 residents. US cities Manhattan and Miami came in second and third, with the metropolitan area of Anaheim and Santa Ana, California, placing fourth.
Time calculated the results by surveying 400,000 selfies tagged by location in Instagram, concentrating on cities with at least 250,000 residents.
“The photos were downloaded from the Instagram API in two sets of five days: from Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2014 and March 3-7, 2014,” explained Time. “Each day’s data consists of the 24-hour period from midnight to midnight to account for all time zones equally. During that time, 402,197 Instagram photos tagged ‘selfie’ that included geographic coordinates. That only accounts for a fraction of all selfies uploaded during that time, since the majority of photos do not include a location. Of this sample, 28 percent came from the United States.”
Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah were the only other Middle Eastern cities to make the list. Jerusalem, Israel’s capital and largest city, didn’t make the selfie cut.