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What is wrong with selfie lovers?

Do you like selfie? We strongly advise you not to get carried away with them, since according to a new study, a large number of selfies in your Instagram profile does not make a pleasant impression on others. Seeing a lot of similar photos, people perceive the person who posted the selfie, only as a lonely loser. So the next time you want to get likes under your photos, ask someone to take a picture of you.

The term “selfie” gained popularity in 2013

How did selfies appear?

Selfies are believed to come from Australia. More than 10 years ago, a young man in a state of intoxication first used this word to describe his photograph. The young man posted a post on the ABC forum in 2002 after falling and nearly knocking out his front teeth. He described his photograph only as a "selfie." That is how, according to the Oxford Dictionary, the history of the term begins. The next time the word "selfie" was mentioned in one of the personal blogs in 2003.

By 2013, the term “selfie” began to gain momentum. As a result, “selfie” was recognized as the word of the year, after which it spread widely throughout the planet. Despite the fact that the term itself appeared relatively recently, people photographed themselves before the advent of smartphones in 2007. Madonna, John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe are just some of the famous selfie lovers.

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Madonna, 1982

What does a large number of selfies say about you?

According to a recent study,published in the Journal of Research in Personality, people who post selfies are much more likely to be negatively perceived by others than people who post pictures of themselves taken by others.

During the study, scientists asked 30 studentsfill out the form and allow 30 of your Instagram photos to be used for the experiment. These 30 Instagram posts related to topics such as looks, relationships, and accomplishments. All photos were used without signatures.

John Lennon, 1967

Then the researchers asked the second groupStudents rate Instagram profiles on 13 grounds, such as self-esteem, loneliness, and success. The results showed that Instagram users who posted more pictures of themselves by other people than selfies were rated as more entrepreneurial, less lonely, more sociable, reliable, successful, pretty, and even as potentially good friends.

But users who posted relativelya large number of selfies, rated as people with low self-esteem, who do not like adventure, alone and less sociable, and in addition to everything else, they are less successful and not very pretty.

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According to one of the authors of the study,Chris Barry, a professor of psychology at the University of Washington, the experiment showed that even when the two Instagram profiles had similar content, for example, photos of achievements or travels, the feelings for the person who posted a selfie were negative, and the feelings for the person who posted a photo of themselves were positive. According to scientists, this suggests that there are certain visual signals that cause a positive or negative response in social networks, regardless of context.

Are selfies a sign of narcissism?

However, this is not all. According to the results, posting a selfie on an Instagram profile has nothing to do with narcissism. But the placement of photos in which users pose just about that. In addition, the large number of subscribers and pages that the user subscribes to is directly related to narcissism. At the same time, the personal qualities of Instagram users did not coincide much with how others evaluated them.

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Researchers believe that social networks are moreimportant for understanding how a person is perceived by others than for understanding a person’s personality. However, it is not clear for what reason people negatively react to selfies and positively in photos taken by others. Perhaps the photos in which people pose are perceived by others as more natural.

Marilyn Monroe, 1962

In the future, scientists will try to understand whether they reactpeople are also negatively on selfies posted by celebrities. Agree, this is quite interesting. It is unlikely that users will negatively assess group selfies at the Oscars. But who knows?

Despite the fact that the results of the study are only a small part of the puzzle, they will not hurt to keep in mind the next time you are going to update your profile on Instagram.

How do you perceive selfie lovers?