Science Says Taking Selfies Might Be Good For You -- How True?By Audri Taylors, UniversityHerald Reporter
If you are fond of taking a selfies too, this one's probably going to sound interesting for you.
According to a study conducted by the researchers from the University of California, taking selfies can actually make a person happier. The study suggests taking these snaps and sharing these with friends has a positive effect on a person's psychological and emotional states.
However, if you have noticed too, not everyone is actually having fun with selfies, especially those who are more than 40 years of age. And in contrary to the above mentioned research that taking selfies can make a positive impact on a person, another study from Ohio State University in 2014 found that people who like to post selfies on the social media are known to be narcissistic and exhibit psychopathic traits.
Taking selfies was also considered a disease, especially when it is done more than three to five times in a day. This is according to an editorial by Dr. Pankaj Shah published in the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience. This behavior of a person is also associated to a so-called body dysmorphic disorder, or the tendency to be obsessed with the imperfections about one's appearance.
"Some people with BDD use selfies as a way of checking their appearance - to see if they are as ugly as they feel they are," explains Dr. David Veale, a consultant psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.
This means that when people take selfies, they do not necessarily share it with the world or post it on social media. They just save it in their mobile devices. While the studies do not really prove how taking selfies is directly associated with being happy, Yu Chen, the leader of the research, said that it's actually about a person seeing himself/herself smile that makes them happy.