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Study finds those who post more selfies are seen as less likable

Posted at 7:38 AM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 09:38:07-04

Before you post that next selfie, listen up.

Looking for likes that way might actually make you less likable.

That's the latest from a new study done by psychologists at Washington State University.

They wanted to know if people would judge you differently based on whether you posted a selfie or a picture someone else took of you.

They worked with hundreds of Instagram users and found that the folks who posted a lot of selfies were seen as less likable.

Not only that, they were seen as less successful, more insecure and less open to new experiences.

And this is interesting: Researchers say even when the Instagram feeds were similar - showing things like achievements or travel - people thought less of the one who posted selfies, especially the kind of selfies focused on appearance.

On the other hand, people who posted pictures of themselves taken by other people were seen as having higher self-esteem, being more adventurous, less lonely, more outgoing, more dependable, and more successful.