I hate the word selfie. It sounds like a second grader thought it up. Seriously, they couldn’t come up with a better word than selfie? Now it’s part of the vernacular and we’re stuck with it.
A selfie is a picture you take of yourself and share on social media, but it now seems to encompass pictures with other people … lots of other people. You could take a picture of yourself with your son’s soccer team and it’d be considered a selfie.
Everybody is constantly taking selfies, all the time. And there are so many different kinds!
- Duck face: An exaggerated pouting expression with the lips thrust out as far as possible.
- Self-ass-sured: Stick your ass out and take a picture.
- Bed head in bed: I’m too sexy for this bed.
- Humble-not-brag: Look at me, don’t you wish you had my life?
- Bathroom magic: It’s a win-win really; you can take a picture and look at yourself at the same time.
- Foodie: I’m eating something. Doesn’t it look delicious? Don’t you wish you had some?
- Gymie: I work out.
- Drunk: Endless pictures of me tanked? That’ll never come back and bite me in the ass.
- Nature is my backdrop: See how the leaves frame my face?
- Me and my celebrity pal: Me and Miley are tight.
- Shelfie: Nothing says bookworm like a picture of your bookcase.
Selfies are about self-expression and sharing different parts of your personality to the world, so it isn’t surprising that an article on Medical Daily says that selfies can give others insight into your personality, especially if you’re lazy, upbeat, or neurotic. And not only do selfies tell the world a whole lot about you — the people who see your selfies are judging you.
A study called “What Does Your Selfie Say About You,” led by researchers Lin Qiu of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, analyzed 123 selfie-taking participants, all of whom used a popular Chinese micro-blogging website known as Sina Weibo.
Believing that selfies contain clues indicating personality traits, the team developed a coding scheme (way of categorizing behavior) specifically for the study. The study participants completed a personality questionnaire, after which another group of 107 Chinese students were asked to view the previous group’s selfies and make judgments about their personalities.
The researchers based the study off 13 different selfie aspects, such as looking straight at the camera, showing emotional positivity, taking a full-face or body shot, the location, and whether the selfie had been photoshopped.
The researchers say they found that observers made consistent judgments of personality traits from selfies, and they accurately predicted openness.
For instance, people who scored higher levels of agreeableness were more likely to give off a positive vibe from their selfies, as well as hold the camera lower. Conscientious people were more likely to hide the location of their selfie, indicating concern about privacy and safety.
And the duck-faced selfies were often associated with being neurotic and emotionally unstable.
A person’s selfie matched their own idea of their personality, but the participants who tried to decide personality based on selfies weren’t always on the money; they were only dead-on when it came to guessing openness and extraversion.
Remember, while other people may not be able to decipher everything about you, when looking at your selfies they’re able to learn a lot from your facial expression, the angle, lighting, background, and type of selfie you take.
The eyes are the windows to the soul, but if that’s the case then selfies may be the open door to the personality.