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Selfies, belfies (what?), and everything else we’re doing with our phones

(Social Media) Selfies are so popular that they already have subcategories like “belfies,” but smartphones are still used for email and calendars.

selfie nation

selfie nation

What we’re using our smartphones for

While the actual phone function is the least popular functions of a smartphone, a rising number of people of all ages are shooting photos at every chance they get, and according to a new survey by security app, Clean Master, we sure love taking selfies!

The most common type of selfies are taken with friends (17 percent), and in the mirror (10 percent), followed by work selfies (7 percent), naked selfies (5 percent), and workout selfies (5 percent).

The survey reports that men are two times as likely to take naked selfies than women (6 percent vs. 3 percent), as well as “belfies,” (which the Realtime Report says is “butt selfies,” which we didn’t know had an actual label yet).

Women love taking selfies with friends at 22 percent, with only 11 percent of men only preferring company in their selfies. Odd how many of these ratios are 2:1.

There’s more to smartphones than belfies, right?

Sure. If you’re not into selfies, you’re still in the majority of smartphone owners who use their devices for basic lifestyle activities, with email being the top most popular category of smartphone user (65 percent), followed by social media (46 percent), the calendar tool (44 percent), news (35 percent), and lastly, shopping (20 percent).

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The study revealed that activities vary by geography and gender, with more women relying on their phone for email (69 percent of women vs. 60 percent of men), social media (56 percent vs. 35 percent), and even the calendar function (48 percent vs. 39 percent).

Clean Master also reports that the majority of smartphone users have security concerns, with identity protection being the top concern (40 percent), as is securing financial information (38 percent), viruses (34 percent), and email hacking (28 percent).

It is fascinating that selfies are so common, yet one in three smartphone users have no security concerns whatsoever. Despite endless news reports of vulnerabilities, many people continue to stick their heads in the sand.

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Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.


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