Love taking selfies? You may not be as attractive as you think

  • IANS, Toronto
  • Updated: May 23, 2016 17:12 IST
Frequent selfie takers are less attractive and less likeable compared to those who do not go overboard with self-portraits, claims a new study. (Shutterstock)

Do you post selfies on social media often? If yes, it is time for you to sit back and ponder, say researchers, who claim that those who post selfies regularly are not as attractive as they think, and may end up being narcissists.

According to the team from University of Toronto, participants ranked frequent selfie takers as less attractive and less likeable compared to those who did not go overboard with self-portraits.

To reach this conclusion, the team led by Daniel Re analysed selfie-taking habits of 198 college students.

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Selfie lovers were asked to take selfies and were then photographed by one of the team members.

Now, the researchers had selfies and normal pictures of the participants to analyse, reported.

“Both groups, the habitual selfie-takers and non-selfie-takers, showed self-favouring bias by thinking that they would be seen as more attractive and more likeable in their photos than they were actually seen by the independent raters,” the report added.

The selfie-takers overestimated themselves significantly more in the study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

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Both groups’ selfies were rated as less attractive than the experimenter-taken photos by the independent raters.

“They also thought the selfie-takers looked significantly more narcissistic than the non-selfie-takers on the basis of their selfies,” the report added.

According to the team, frequent selfie taking may increase people’s susceptibility to self-favouring bias — causing them to overestimate the attractiveness of their photos.

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