Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sefie: Makes Almost Everyone Like You Less

Some would call it vanity. Others would say it shows a healthy degree of self-confidence.

  • 50% of people admit snapping themselves with mobile phones and camera
  • Quarter of those even admit to taking a sexy selfie, but 36% later regret it
  • Facebook is the most popular place to upload the photographs

A number of celebrities pose for their own cameras and post the pictures on social networking websites and have made the craze boom.

The new research, carried out by mobile phone company HTC, reveals a list of the top celebrities who take selfies and put them on the internet.

Pop star Rihanna, 25, was voted the best celebrity selfie-taker, followed by 33-year-old Kelly Brook and television personality Kim Kardashian, 32.


1. Rihanna

2. Kelly Brook

3. Kim Kardashian

4. Millie Macintosh
5. Harry Styles
6. Miley Cyrus
7. Rita Ora
8. Tom Hanks
9. Victoria Beckham
10. Zach Braff
11. Joey Essex
12. Helen Flanagan
13. Craig David
14. Chris Brown
15. Madonna
16. Lady Gaga
17. Justin Bieber
18. Lindsay Lohan
19. Ricky Gervais
20. Jodie Marsh

Suzi Watson, from HTC, reveals how the rise in popularity of taking selfies could see the word enter the English dictionary.

She said: '2013 has definitely been the year of the selfie. Consumer interest and technology has created a perfect storm for this to continue.

'It’s not just about vanity, but it’s about sharing with friends and family, the most popular places to take a selfie is on holiday and the most popular place to share it is on Facebook.

'So although "selfie" did not make it into the Oxford English Dictionary this year, I would be surprised if it is not included next year.

On another point of view, a new study from the U.K. confirms what we've long suspected: Oversharing of Facebook photos is more than just a nuisance, and uploading a hundred "selfies" per day could very well be damaging to your real-world relationships.

The study found that both excessive photo sharing and sharing photos of a certain type makes almost everyone like you less.

"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," explained Dr. David Houghton, the study's lead author, in a statement released by Scotland's Heriot-Watt University. "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."

So what's the takeaway from all this?
"We think people should use social network sites ... and enjoy the benefits they bring, because after all they are fun, or we wouldn't be using them. But just be careful about what [you] are sharing," Dr. Houghton told The HuffPost, adding, "Think twice, post once."


My own opinion, do not flood my newsfeed with your selfie photos. Try to limit it. If you're very sure that your pic is not annoying, then upload it. Otherwise, keep it to yourself.

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