More than 60 percent of respondents in a survey say they would use smartphones to take selfies while 56 percent say they would use apps to beautify their self-portraits before sharing on social media platforms, Metro Daily reported Monday.
The survey conducted by gooodapple.com interviewed 1,284 people in early August to study selfie and shopping trends among local consumers.
More than 56 percent of the respondents said they would use photo-enhancing tools to make themselves look slimmer, whiten their complexion and cover spots on their faces.
Counselling professional Choi Yee-man said the act of beautifying selfies makes people feel better about themselves and enhances their self-confidence and increases their sense of recognition online.
The survey also reveals that one percent of respondents would take selfies when they are sick or before committing suicide.
Choi said this shows they are hungry for attention and care from others.
The survey shows taking selfies is not just for teenage girls, with 30 percent of those indulging in the self-portraits being above 31. Only about 10 percent of people consider taking selfies an activity exclusively for women.
Meanwhile, some 369 netizens have voted the most popular selfie scenarios in Hong Kong. They include bikini selfies at Clearwater Bay beach, selfies in princess costumes at Inspiration Lake near Hong Kong Disneyland and selfies resembling television drama scenes at the stairs at Duddell Street in Central.
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