A groundbreaking study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science reveals that there’s more to selfies than meets the eye. It turns out that capturing a moment from your own perspective and sharing it on platforms like Instagram is not just about vanity—it’s about capturing the profound meaning of that moment in your life.
The study, led by Zachary Niese, emphasizes the significance of different perspectives in capturing the essence of an event. Participants intuitively understood which perspective to choose based on what they desired to convey through the photo. While personal photos aim to capture the memory or broader meaning of an experience, selfies play a role in documenting the deeper significance of the moment, going beyond mere self-centeredness.
The study can be found on the website of Sage Journals