A team of specialists representing the University of Toronto, conducted a study which aimed to find out: do people look so attractive in their selfies as it seems to them. As a result, scientists not only came to a negative answer to this question, but also revealed a number of other problems associated with excessive photos of this kind.
In the course of the study the study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, scientists were asked to take a picture of themselves 198 students, about half of whom admitted that taking selfies often and with pleasure. The same participants took a picture of the researchers themselves. Subsequently, as regular photos and selfies showed others 178 volunteers, asking them to rate the degree of attractiveness of people in photos. As shown by the experiment of this kind, as well as a number of additional questions posed to participants, many people really tend to overestimate how well turned out their self. The fans take pictures of themselves, on the contrary, underestimated the benefits of a more “traditional” photos, while outside observers they liked more.
Experts say that excessive addiction to selfies affects the character of people in General, they become more prone to narcissism, which is manifested, in particular, and in the expression on their faces in the photos. Such manifestations of narcissism only further alienate third-party observers, the researchers note.
The people whose selfie was not “in the habit”, in General, more objectively evaluated your photos, regardless of whether they were shot on regular or front facing camera. Trying to figure out whether they happened on a particular photo, they often can give the same rating as the person “from outside”.