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This year, engaging in dangerous acts in attempts to get a good selfie has resulted in more deaths than shark attacks. Why are we so obsessed with broadcasting our grinning faces?
The selfie phenomenon in part reflect advances in technology; with the launch of the frontal camera-equipped iPhone by Apple in 2010 and the birth of Instagram in the same year, "selfie" was dubbed the "Word of the Year" by Oxford dictionary just three years later in 2013.
Before posting a selfie, consider that you may be sending a different message to your followers than intended. Psychology researchers set out to investigate what a selfie can reveal about our personality. First, thirteen different selfie features were identified, including ‘duckface’; ‘height of camera’; ‘photoshop editing’; ‘amount of body (shown)’ and whether the person was alone or not. The results showed that features of selfies reflect their owners’ personality traits. Showing positive emotions in a selfie predicted agreeableness (kindness, co-operation and trustworthiness) and openness (curiosity, creativity, and risk-taking), whereas duckface indicated neuroticism (anxiety, moodiness, low-self esteem). A selfie may indeed be a form of expressionism, but not in the manner to which the owner of the face in question had originally aspired!
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Source material from Psychology Today