First-ever selfie dates back further than expected

First-ever selfie dates back further than expected

(WVUE, AP) - The internet has been buzzing...who took the first-ever selfie?

According to the Oxford dictionary, a "selfie" is defined as a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

It turns out, it wasn't Paris Hilton and Britney Spears who conceived the idea after all.

According to The Public Domain Review, selfies date back further than most thought.

The report states that the first-ever selfie was actually taken by a man named Robert Cornelius in 1839.

Cornelius was an amateur chemist and photography enthusiast from Philadelphia.

According to the report, the self-portrait was common in the early days of photography exploration and invention. Back in the day it was easier for the experimenting photographer to also act as the model for the photos being taken.

The report states that Cornelius had set his camera up at the back of his family's store in Philadelphia when he took his selfie.

Cornelius took the image by removing the lens cap and then running into frame where he sat for a minute before covering up the lens again, according to the report.

He wrote on the back of the photo, "The first light Picture ever taken. 1839."