What Category of Selfie Taker Are You?
Today, selfies are the self-expression method of choice. From printed t-shirts (#selfie) to obnoxious yet catchy pop songs, (‘let me take a selfie’) it’s hard to go a day without finding yourself in the vicinity of a shutterbug taking a picture…or taking one yourself, right?
Recently, a study conducted at Brigham Young University concluded that selfie takers can be divided into three categories: communicators, auto biographers, and self-publicists. So while some argue that their selfies are plain harmless fun or a way to further self-esteem and body positivity, there is, in fact, a science behind it.
The study aimed to find what drives people to take a selfie. In the olden days, paintings of self-portraits adorning hallways and over fireplaces were the norm. Today, little has changed and it isn’t unusual to see celebrities like the Kardashian-Jenner ladies flaunt their trademark pout in pictures all over Instagram and other social media.
46 participants were chosen and asked to answer a series of questions about their selfie habits, which were then analysed.
So, take a look and see if you identify with any of these ‘qualities’:
These people upload their selfies on social media in an effort to start conversation. for instance, the questions may range from a variety of topics including, politics, beauty, fashion, food or fitness.
Those who use their selfies to document their lives. This includes various trips, destinations, outfit posts and even their trips to Starbucks because if you don’t take a selfie at the coffee shop, were you even there? The study claims that these people aren’t looking to start a conversation, rather are just displaying moments from their lives.
The quintessential narcissist; these people take great pains in capturing themselves in the best angle with great lighting, hoping to gather the most likes, re-tweets, shares and comments. We doubt you need any examples of these…
Makes you look at that selfie stream a bit differently?