A good selfie can do wonders for a girl’s self-esteem. I mean, take a look at Kim Kardashian. She published an entire book full of her best selfies and it became a New York Times bestseller. You can’t not get a big head from that. Kim Kardashian put selfies on the map, but are your own selfies maybe, possibly not as attractive as you think you are? A new study basically calls out anyone who takes selfies and hits them with the cold hard truth: your selfies only look good to you.
The study was conducted at the University of Toronto where researchers took 198 college kids (100 who were reported “regular selfie-takers”) and compared their selfies with regular photos taken by someone else. They asked the students to rate their selfies based on how attractive they think they look and how well they think the post would be received on social media. Then they asked 178 strangers to do the same, as well as rate how narcissistic the subject came off.
The results showed a trend: participants thought their selfies were more attractive and likable than the public actually received them. The study also found that those 100 reported “regular selfie-takers” had a tendency to think they looked better in selfies than in a photo taken by someone else.
“Selfie-takers generally overperceived the positive attributes purveyed by their selfies. Here, we found that selfie-takers believed their selfies to look more attractive and likable than photos of them taken by other people. In reality, though, external raters actually perceived the targets’ selfies to look less attractive and less likable than the photos taken by others (as well as more narcissistic).”
I’m totally guilty of this. I know my angles and how to find the light in pictures, so sometimes a selfie looks better than one of twenty photos I have to ask a stranger to take.
So the next time you question whether you should add that fire selfie to your Snapchat story, maybe take a step back. Then post it, because fuck it, you only look this good Thursday night through Saturday, so might as well take advantage of it while you can. .
[via The Telegraph ]
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