As if we needed anymore proof that selfies are at least a little bit narcissistic in nature, a new study has found that while many people regularly take selfies, they don’t like seeing others post them.
The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, involved an online survey that aimed to determine people’s goals and perceptions about taking and viewing selfies.
A total of 238 people from Austria, Germany and Switzerland completed the survey, which found that 77 percent of participants regularly took seflies.
"One reason for this might be their fit with widespread self-presentation strategies such as self-promotion and self-disclosure" said Sarah Diefenbach, a professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.
"The selfie as a self-advertisement, plying the audience with one's positive characteristics or the selfie as an act of self-disclosure, sharing a private moment with the rest of the world and hopefully earning sympathy, appear to be key motivators.”
Despite 77 percent of participants saying they regularly took selfies, up to 67 percent believed taking selfies had numerous consequences, such as negative impact on self-esteem. Furthermore, 82 percent of participants said they would rather see other kinds of photos in lieu of selfies on social media.
Diefenbach calls this phenomenon the “selfie paradox.” She said the key to this paradox may be found in the way people perceive their own selfies compared to how they perceive others’. The participants attributed greater self-presentational motives and less authenticity to selfies taken by their peers, compared to those taken by themselves, which they deemed self-ironic and more authentic.
"This may explain how everybody can take selfies without feeling narcissistic,” said Diefenbach. “If most people think like this, then it is no wonder that the world is full of selfies.”