By: Chris O'Shea
The selfie. Is there anything more annoying in the social media world? You could say pictures of ultrasounds and babies, and yes, many people despise those. You could even argue people hate political rants more than selfies, but we don't agree. The selfie — when someone takes a picture of themselves and posts it on a social media platform — is the most annoying habit by users. Now a new study reveals that not only is this behavior horrible, it might be alienating your friends. Way to go, idiots.
The selfie is reprehensible because it's two levels of narcissism. First of all, you're on a social media site. This, by itself, is a narcissistic thing to do. But for the selfie sender, this isn't enough. No, they have to take their egos and lack of self esteem to another level and post pictures of themselves on these sites. The worst selfie site is definitely Instagram. Take a look at the Most Popular pics sometime. Count how many are selfies. Then go ahead and worry about our society.
The study from three business schools in Europe confirms that selfies are the worst. In a paper hilariously titled "Tagger's Delight? Disclosure and liking behaviour in Facebook: the effects of sharing photographs amongst multiple known social circles" four professors claim that people who post more selfies have shallow relationships with people. You know, real, live people. With heartbeats! Increased frequency of sharing photographs of the self, regardless of the type of target sharing the photographs, is related to a decrease in intimacy," explains the report.
To come to this conclusion, the professors asked 508 Facebook users with an average age of 24 to rank how close they feel to their friends, coworkers and relatives who also use Facebook. They then compared those answers to how many selfies those people posted. Overwhelmingly, the more someone posted selfies, the lower they ranked on the intimacy scales of the participants. But of course, given that these selfie morons are clearly self-centered, they don't even realize what they're doing.
"People, other than very close friends and relatives, don't seem to relate well to those who constantly share photos of themselves," said Dr. David Houghton, a professor at Birmingham Business School and lead author of the paper, said in a statement. "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."
Yes, we agree: It is worth remembering that. It's also worth remembering that selfies are the worst, so just stop it already. Please plug the hole in your self esteem with something else, and leave our social network feeds alone. Oh, and thanks for liking that pic of the new hair cut.
[Pic via Flickr - Shawn Ahmed]