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Posting Too Many Selfies Will Make People Hate You (And Now There Is Proof)

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When it comes to posting pictures of yourself on social media, I think the general consensus among reasonable people is “don’t post a bunch of the same exact selfie over and over or people will find you obnoxious.” But for those vainglorious selfie-lovers who just won’t listen to reason, there is now a study to back up this up.

According to a study published by the University of Birmingham, the University of the West of England, the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University—awesomely named “Tagger’s Delight? Disclosure and Liking In Facebook”—the more selfies a person posts, the less “support” (i.e. likes) each one will garner. This sounds like a pretty easy study to do, but whatever. Lead Instagram lurker author Dr. David Houghton explained why this is the case (as if we needed him to):

“Our research found that those who frequently post photographs on Facebook risk damaging real-life relationships. People, other than very close friends and relatives, don’t seem to relate well to those who constantly share photos of themselves. This is because people, other than very close friends and relatives, don’t seem to relate well to those who constantly share photos of themselves.

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.”

Another unsurprising finding? Young women received vastly more positive feedback on photos of themselves than any other category of person studied. I wonder why that is?

So, narcissists of Instagram, what is the takeaway from this? That’s right: everyone outside your inner circle of enablers is a sad jealous hater who cannot handle how hot you are and you should un-friend them immediately. #soaboveit

(Via The Daily Mail)

Photo: Instagram via Yahoo

 

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  • Cee

    I don’t mind people who post a lot of pictures, as long as they have something interesting, some really yummy looking food, a cool vacation destination, an important event, a cute baby moment (fyi, not all moments are cute baby moments) or just in general showing that the person is somewhere or experiencing something worth noting. But when its just yourself for the sake of posting your face, then I get irritated. I especially hate when someone says they are at an interesting place or doing something interesting yet only post their face. “The Eiffel tower is so lovely!” Yea, where is it, you jerk?

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      but purposefully taking a picture of yourself doing it?
      Social media
      is generally used for ego boosting and bragging rights, why not post an
      INTERESTING photo where you’re not making duckface?

  • http://sarahhollowell.com/ Sarah Hollowell

    I love my best friend dearly but oh god the selfies. So many selfies. And each batch is roughly the same selfie over and over. I love her and still have to resist the urge to punch her.

    So I say science is right here.

  • anna

    I only object to selfies when there is nothing intresting about them. granted, i don’t like pictures taken by anyone on the couch, in a t shirt and sweats, looking bored. but purposefully taking a picture of yourself doing it?
    Social media is generally used for ego boosting and bragging rights, why not post an INTERESTING photo where your not making duckface?

  • LynnKell

    Too many selfies make you hate-able. In other news, water wets.