British tourists are dedicating more time on holiday to taking selfies for social media than exploring the sites
A new study has found that almost half of Brits now adopt a “shoots, tweets and leaves” approach to sight-seeing – and visit sites with the sole intention of taking pictures to share with friends and family on social media . Apparently British tourists are dedicating more time on holiday to taking selfies for social media than exploring the sites.
And according to the research, the Eiffel tower is our favourite spot to take a selfie, followed by Barcelona’s Sagrada De Familia, Stonehenge and the Colosseum.
According to the data from Vueling Airlines, a staggering 46% admit they have taken a selfie at an iconic landmark and left just minutes later – with a further 25% admitting they have travelled somewhere just to take a picture to post on social media.
In fact – we’re so keen to brag about our holiday exploits, almost one in ten of us (8%) show off our first holiday snap within an hour of arriving, while a further 11% share within the first 12 hours of the holiday.
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The study also revealed that the average Brit takes 88 pictures on holiday, uploading 22 of these to Instagram, Facebook and other online sites.
According to the survey Spain is our favourite place to take pictures of (33%), followed by Italy (24%) and France (17%).
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And when it comes to iconic landmarks – the Eiffel tower was revealed as our favourite spot to take a selfie (39%) followed by Barcelona’s Sagrada De Familia, Stonehenge and the Colosseum.
Almost 40% of Brits said the Eiffel tower was their favourite spot to take a selfie
The research also shows the average Brit takes a photo within 13 minutes of arriving at a landmark, with 15 percent posting it on social media straight away – or as soon as they have a WIFI signal.
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And the average holiday maker will hang around for just 38 minutes after taking and sharing a photo, according to the report.
And when it comes to picking a holiday destination – 44% first consider how picturesque the scenery is, while 17% look for iconic landmarks they can be photographed with.
Top European Selfie Hot-Spots
- Eiffel tower
- Tower of Pisa
- St Marks Square
- Ibiza Old town
- Sagrada de Familia
- Las Ramblas
- Brandenburg Gate
- Palacio Real