September 22, 2020 | 3:59 AM IST
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Study says those obsessed with selfies were ‘more insecure’

A recent study published in the Journal of Research in Personality states that those who post selfies are considered less successful, less likable, low on confidence and more insecure. They are labeled as attention seekers.
Study’s lead author and professor at Washington State University Chris Barry wrote in the paper, “Even when two feeds had similar content feelings about the person who posted selfies were negative.
The research was based on data analyzed from two categories in which 30 undergraduate students were asked to complete a personality questionnaire and allowed researchers to experiment on their 30 most recent Instagram posts. These posts were coded based on physical appearance, affiliation with others, and accomplishment – and stripped of captions and other text while another category assessed the posts based on self-absorption, self-esteem, loneliness, and successfulness.
The result showed that even those who appeared older and those who posted photographs showing off their physical appearance – like flexing in a mirror, also garnered negative ratings.
The study said people who posted pictures taken by others assumed higher self-esteem and were more likely to take risks, extroverts and dependable. They also made trustworthy good friends.

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