How many selfies do you take in a week? Well, according to The Daily Mail,
University of Toronto researchers analyzed the perceptions of self-taken photos– both by the selfie-takers themselves, and by others– and found participants rated selfies are less-attractive compared to photos of the same person taken by others. The scientists had 198 undergraduate students take selfies, and then the researchers snapped photos of each participant as well. This group rated each photo of themselves for attractiveness as well as likability. Then a second group was asked to assess how attractive, likable and narcissistic they thought the subject in each photo was. The results show that selfie-takers and others disagree. Study authors write, “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 (as well as more narcissistic) than the photos taken by other people. People who view selfies may disdain the self-promotion that they represent and therefore rate selfies negatively because they imply narcissism.”
This is something that I knew was going to come to pass. That’s what I stopped taking and posting selfies once it made it into the dictionary.