Study: People Who Post a Lot of Selfies Seen As 'Unlikable' and 'Insecure'

A new study is out giving a not-so-flattering look of people who take a lot of selfies. The Washington State University study found:

  • People who post a lot of selfies on social media are seen as insecure and less likable than those who don't.
  • The study also claims people who go overboard on selfies are also viewed as unsuccessful and less open to new experiences. In contrast, people who post a lot of posies are perceived as the opposite -- successful, likable and dependable, the study claims.
  • "Even when two feeds had similar content, feelings about the person who posted selfies were negative and feelings about the person who posted posies were positive," says Chris Barry, the study's lead author. "It shows there are certain visual cues, independent of context, that elicit either a positive or negative response on social media."

The researchers have several theories to explain their results.

The generally positive reactions to posies may be due to the fact that the photos appear more natural, similar to how the observer would see the poster in real life.

Another explanation is that selfies were far less frequently posted than posies and seeing one could signal something strange or unusual about the poster.

“While there may be a variety of motives behind why people post self‑images to Instagram, how those photos are perceived appears to follow a more consistent pattern,” Barry said. “While the findings of this study are just a small piece of the puzzle, they may be important to keep in mind before you make that next post.”

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