Some noble truth-seeking scientists have directed their smarts at an essential human concern: do people really look more attractive in selfies?
A new study conducted at the University of Toronto published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science enlisted 198 college students (100 who were reported "regular selfie-takers") and compared photos they took of themselves with photos of them taken by another person. Each participant rated their own photos based on how attractive and likable the post might be received on social media. Then, 178 members of the public ranked the same photos based on how attractive and likable they found the image, as well as how narcissistic the subject came off.
In the end, all subjects thought more highly of their selfies' attractiveness and likability than the public actually received them. Additionally, the identified "selfie-takers" had a tendency to think they looked better in a selfie than in a photo taken by someone else.
"Selfie-takers generally overperceived the positive attributes purveyed by their selfies," the researchers say. "Here, we found that selfie-takers believed their selfies to look more attractive and likable than photos of them taken by other people. In reality, though, external raters actually perceived the targets' selfies to look less attractive and less likable than the photos taken by others (as well as more narcissistic)."
But really...who cares? If you think you look good and want to post a pic, celebrate 'yo self(ie).