Five cities across the world reveal various consistent habits.

When most people look at a selfie, all they see is an moderately narcissistic person staring back at them. The truth can actually be a lot more complex than that, at least according to a new analysis of more than 3,000 self-portraits called SelfieCity. These self-directed photos can actually reveal cultural stereotypes, and behavioural preferences in different cities around the world.

“Typically, data visualization is based on numbers. However, a single number can’t summarize a photo. It is not a ‘data point’ but a whole world, rich in meanings, emotions, and visual patterns,” said Moritz Stefaner in an interview with CoDesign.

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