You open your feed and there they are: several selfies of various people. With millions of selfies posted and shared by many users all the time, we tend to get an impression of people’s personalities based on their photos. According to a Singapore study, a “selfie” says a lot about you.
Since we are always so interested in discovering the psychological nuances of people, we can also understand what our selfies say about us in a deeper way. You may be surprised at what we have discovered!
Wants To Feel Tall And More Masculine
Camera angles are everything, especially when it comes to impressions. According to a study, taller men are perceived as more attractive and masculine, which is why their selfies are often taken from below, as they appear to be looking at someone shorter.
What’s even more interesting is that we are more likely to find ‘under’ selfies of men on Tinder than on Instagram.
Considering that Tinder is focused on dating, it is clear why this camera angle is preferred, when the impression of power and dominance is desirable.
Wants To Show Their Attractive Side
Take a look at your selfies – do they show you using your left or right cheek? Most of them will probably highlight the left.
The reason is interesting: the left side of the cheek better communicates emotions and is perceived as more attractive, according to a study. Next time you take a selfie, remember this!
Wants To Feel Petite And More Feminine
If you are a woman taking a photo from above, you may be trying to express your femininity. According to a study, women take photos from above to appear lower to the viewer, which is the exact opposite of men who take photos from below.
By taking a selfie from above, women may be trying to communicate not only that they are short, but also that they are faithful and beautiful.
Wants To Look Authentic And Spontaneous
Selfies often indicate our state of mind and also the judgment of others. A study concluded that if you don’t pose in natural day-to-day situations, you can be seen as an authentic person.
Enjoying a good breeze or spending a day relaxing? Taking a selfie can give others a good impression of your personality.
Might Give Off A “neurotic” Vibe
Neuroticism is associated with people who can express anxiety and are sometimes in a bad mood. One study showed that survey participants perceived users’ “duck face” selfies as neurotic, especially if they were alone in the photo.
Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s always true, but keeping that in mind can be important, depending on what vibration you want to convey.
What are your usual poses for selfies? What do you think about the message you can send when taking a selfie?
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