Selfie Love

Say cheese! 

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying, taking pictures has never FELT this good!

Breakfast selfie, outfit selfie… They are EVERYWHERE! Selfies are a popular way to capture and share moments. But could they also have a psychological component?

Richard Eibach from the University of Waterloo and his team wondered.

Four hundred participants were asked to choose between taking a selfie or a picture of their surroundings. For each scenario, participants were asked to rate the experience and the greater meaning behind it.

Results? Photos of scenery were related to a greater emphasis on the importance of the event. Like taking a picture of a monument! In contrast, selfies were associated with capturing the experience itself: the FEELINGS.

Different types of photos hide specific meanings behind them. Selfies are not just a new trend, but a new way of expression.  

Neat, add a couple filters and, bamo! You’re feeling better already! Just call it SELFIE CARE!


Niese, Z. A., Libby, L. K., & Eibach, R. P. (2023). Picturing your life: The role of Imagery Perspective in personal photos. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 194855062311630.