You know how when you look at some d-bag's over-the-top selfie and you think, "He must think he's pretty hot." Well, it turns out he does think he's hot. Like, really hot.
A study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science and conducted by the University of Toronto Department of Psychology found that people who take selfies tend to overestimate how good they look in these photos, meaning all those selfie-taking 6's think they're total 10's.
The study analyzed selfie-takers' and non-selfie-takers' perceptions of their own photos, with the researchers showing the same photos to a group of neutral outsiders. In the end, they found that while both selfie-takers and non-selfie-takers showed the same amount of narcissism, only selfie-takers tended to think they looked hotter and more likable in their own selfies than in photos taken by others. In addition, selfie-takers overestimated their level of attractiveness and likability in these photos, when compared to the opinions of neutral outsiders.
In short, people who take selfies apparently have an unrealistic perception of how they look in these photos, which, in scientific terms, may be a form of "self-favoring bias." And in every day terms, it's just a form of being an irritating person.
Of course, this is just one study and shouldn't be taken as concrete "fact." However, it is one more reason to lay off using the front-facing camera.
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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and has taken a few selfies in her day. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her at @karatillie.