While it may be easy to dismiss celebrities who take selfie after selfie before posting to social media, apparently they could have the key to happiness.
Stars including Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus are renowned for their selfie taking. And, it could be they are doing something right.
A new study has found that taking selfies could lead to better emotional well-being.
According to research carried out by the University of California Irvine, people who take at least one selfie every day have a greater sense of contentment.
Researchers asked 41 students to help with their study; 28 female and 13 male. Each was asked to take a smiley selfie on their smartphone every day for three weeks and write down what sort of mood they felt they were in.
Students were then split into three different groups. The first was asked to continue taking a selfie of them smiling each day while the second was asked to take photos of items which made them feel happy and the final group was tasked with snapping images of things they thought would make other people happy before sending the photos to those people.
At the end of the study, all three groups were found to have enjoyed a marked increase in how happy they felt.
However, those who were in the group taking selfies said as time went on, they felt more “mindful, reflective and appreciative”. In effect, their selfie taking made them appreciate life more.
Meanwhile those students who sent images to others said they felt much more connected to those people as a result and, because of this, they experienced feelings of calmness.
Senior study author Gloria Mark said: “You see a lot of reports in the media about the negative impacts of technology use, and we look very carefully at these issues here at UCI. There have been expanded efforts over the past decade to study what’s become known as ‘positive computing’ and I think this study shows that sometimes our gadgets can offer benefits to users.”
However, even though selfies have come out tops in this study, in recent news, they have seemingly brought misery to the person taking them.
Reality queen Kim Kardashian was the victim of a brutal robbery in Paris recently after burglars were said to have targeted her because she posted selfies of herself flashing diamond jewellery.