Selfies are over.
That’s according to the de-facto Queen of self-shots, Kim Kardashian.
And when the author of a book filled with her own selfies says it, it’s probably best to pay attention.
The reality star appears to be bored by the modern trend, showing a weariness when asked about it on social media.
She was playing a game of “Would You Rather” on Twitter, and she was asked whether she’d rather never be able to post a selfie again, or never use Snapchat again.
Many would have expected the selfie queen to axe Snapchat, but she surprised users by saying she’d give up selfies.
In a clip she said: “I would rather never be able to post a selfie again. Yeah.”
She added: “I kinda feel like, I dunno, selfies are kind of a few years ago.”
She may be onto something; according to Google Trends data, the term first started gaining search traction in late 2012, before rocketing in mid-2014.
It was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013, signifying the level of everyday usage.
Since then, searches for the term have been on a downward trajectory.
So what accounts for the sudden rise of the selfie in 2014? It’s likely down to the rapid advancements in front-facing cameras on smartphones.
Apps like Instagram and Snapchat quickly capitalised, and a phenomenon was born.
The origin of the term appears to have come from photographer Jim Krause in 2005, but it describes a practice that’s been around for decades – Buzz Aldrin took a selfie in space back in 1966, while examples date back as far as the 1800s.
But perhaps the most notorious selfie happened when a crested black macaque monkey pressed the trigger on a wildlife photographer’s camera which was set up in the Indonesian jungle.
It sparked a debate over whether the monkey held the copyright – a federal judge later ruled that it did not.