Back in 1839, Robert Cornelius took a portrait of himself outside his family store. Wikipedia describes the photo as “an off center portrait of a man with crossed arms and tousled hair”, and the first-ever selfie was thus born.
The first recorded use of the hashtag #selfie took place on Flick in 2004, but the word didn’t really enter the public lexicon until 2012. Since then, the use of selfie across social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram has skyrocketed by 17,000 percent, and in 2013 the word was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Check the visual below for a lot more about the history of the selfie, which comes courtesy of Sony.