We have been to the moon and cured polio, but now the great and good minds of science have turned their collective wisdom to a more pressing concern: Do people actually look more attractive in selfies?
A new study carried out by the University of Toronto published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science enlisted 198 students (100 who were "regular selfie-takers"), comparing photos they took of themselves against 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, along with how narcissistic the person appeared.
The study found that all subjects thought more highly of their selfies' attractiveness and likability than the public actually rated them. Additionally, the "selfie-takers" had a tendency to think they looked better in a selfie than in a photo taken by someone else; whereas non selfie takers rated themselves more evenly.
"Selfie-takers generally overperceived the positive attributes purveyed by their selfies," the researchers said,"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)."
The moral of story? Just don't take selfies.