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Science Confirms That Selfies Are the Worst
By: Chris O'Shea
The selfie. Is there anything more annoying in the social media
world? You could say pictures of ultrasounds and babies, and
yes, many people despise those. You could even argue people
hate political rants more than selfies, but we don't agree. The
selfie — when someone takes a picture of themselves and
posts it on a social media platform — is the most annoying
habit by users. Now a new study reveals that not only is this
behavior horrible, it might be alienating your friends. Way to
The selfie is reprehensible because it's two levels of
narcissism. First of all, you're on a social media site. This, by
itself, is a narcissistic thing to do. But for the selfie sender, this
isn't enough. No, they have to take their egos and lack of self
esteem to another level and post pictures of themselves on
these sites. The worst selfie site is definitely Instagram. Take a
look at the Most Popular pics sometime. Count how many are
selfies. Then go ahead and worry about our society.
The study from three business schools in Europe confirms that
selfies are the worst. In a paper hilariously titled "Tagger's
Delight? Disclosure and liking behaviour in Facebook: the
effects of sharing photographs amongst multiple known social
circles" four professors claim that people who post more
selfies have shallow relationships with people. You know, real,
live people. With heartbeats! Increased frequency of sharing
photographs of the self, regardless of the type of target
sharing the photographs, is related to a decrease in intimacy,"
explains the report.
To come to this conclusion, the professors asked 508
Facebook users with an average age of 24 to rank how close
they feel to their friends, coworkers and relatives who also use
Facebook. They then compared those answers to how many
selfies those people posted. Overwhelmingly, the more
someone posted selfies, the lower they ranked on the intimacy
scales of the participants. But of course, given that these selfie
morons are clearly self-centered, they don't even realize what
"People, other than very close friends and relatives, don't
seem to relate well to those who constantly share photos of
themselves," said Dr. David Houghton, a professor at
Birmingham Business School and lead author of the paper,
said in a statement. "It’s worth remembering that the
information we post to our ‘friends’ on Facebook, actually gets
viewed by lots of different categories of people: partners;
friends; family; colleagues and acquaintances; and each group
seems to take a different view of the information shared."
Yes, we agree: It is worth remembering that. It's also worth
remembering that selfies are the worst, so just stop it already.
Please plug the hole in your self esteem with something else,
and leave our social network feeds alone. Oh, and thanks for
liking that pic of the new hair cut.