Do you take selfies or they annoy you? We have recently reported about a study that shows people are ready to accept selfies as a tool. But another study shows an interesting twist when it comes to selfies. It seems many people are willing to take them, yet not so many want to look at selfies of others.
Sarah Diefenbach and Lara Christoforakos of Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich conducted a research, and the results were published in Frontiers in Pshychology. The paper explores what the researches have named “The Selfie Paradox”, and it really is interesting how “nobody likes selfies”, yet they take them regularly.
How many of you have a habit of taking and posting selfies? And how often do you do it? On the other hand, do you gladly look at other people’s selfies and do you admire them, or they tend to annoy you? This is exactly what Diefenbach and Christoforakos examined for their study.
The researchers surveyed 238 people from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. 77% of them said they take selfies at least once a month and 49% said they receive selfies from others at least once a week. They were asked what kind of images they prefer, how often do they post and take selfies, what do they use the selfies for and so on.
An interesting twist and paradox comes from their replies about their and the selfies of other people. The majority of the respondents show positive attitude and feelings towards their own selfies. They see them as authentic, fun and self-ironic. On the other hand, 90% see the selfies of others as self-promotional and attribute negative characteristics to them. However, only 46% say the same about their own selfies.
If you are interested, you can view the full study here. I find this “selfie paradox” quite interesting, and I think it shows double standards. This is why I am very interested in your response. How do you see your selfies? And how do you see the selfies of others?