National No Selfies Day

Everywhere you look it appears that someone is taking a selfie. People take them in their living rooms, at the zoo, and even in the dairy aisle of the supermarket. All so that they can capture pictures that they can share on social media. And thanks to the proliferation of devices with cameras in them that we all have in our pockets, just about anyone can take a selfie at any time of the night or day.

This begs the question, what would happen if we just took a day off from taking pictures of ourselves? That question is probably why someone went ahead and made March 16th No Selfies Day. This is a holiday that encourages everyone to just avoid taking any selfies for a 24-hour period.

The History Of No Selfie Day

Unfortunately, the origins of this holiday have been lost to time. We like to think that it was created by someone who became sick of trying to keep up with people who are constantly posting selfies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms.

All that we really do know about this holiday is that it is celebrated on Philippe Kahn’s birthday. If you’re not familiar with that name, don’t worry. It’s just the guy who invented the cell phone camera.

Some Amazing Facts About Selfies

Even though we do feel that selfies are overdone nowadays, we do think that there are some cool things to say about them. Don’t believe us? Well, then stick around and check out the following amazing facts about selfies that we dug up on the Internet.

  • Approximately 4% of all pictures taken nowadays are selfies.
  • Around the world, over 2.3 billion photos a day are taken.
  • In 2022, only 9% of baby boomers, and 24% of Gen X’ers took selfies.
  • Approximately 50% of millennials took selfies in 2022.
  • The average person will spend approximately 54 hours a year taking selfies.

Observing No Selfie Day

The first rule of No Selfie Day is to avoid taking any selfies. And we mean it. Absolutely no selfies at all. Just forget that you even have a camera-equipped on your phone at all times. What should you do instead of snapping gratuitous pics of yourself?

Well, you can spend time with friends and family, take photos of nature or architecture, or do just about anything else.

Oh, while you’re fighting back the urge to take a selfie, don’t forget about using the hashtag #NoSelfieDay to encourage other people to do the same. After all, who needs all of that selfie temptation?

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 16 Saturday
Next year (2025)
March 16 Sunday
Last year (2023)
March 16 Thursday