When it comes to relationships and mating, there are two things that are important. Those are: intrasexual competition as well as intersexual attraction. It is based on these two things that are thought
to be directly behind why people hold the camera at varying angles when taking selfies in order to the audience they are trying to appeal to. An article on the website Psychology Today, detailed a study that dealt directly with selfies and the two factors intersexual attraction and intrasexual competition. In the study, selfies posted by men and women alike were examined. The selfies were ones that were posted on either dating sites and/or professional networking sites. The selfies that were posted on internet dating websites were considered to be for intersexual attraction and the selfies that were posted on professional networking sites were considered to be for intrasexual competition. The results of the study were quite profound. The study found that when it comes to men they will mostly take selfies from the below angle when taking one for an audience of other men. Men will take selfies from a straight forward angle when their audience is women. When it comes to women, the study found that when the audience was for a man or men, a woman will take a selfie from the above angle, but when the audience is another female a woman will take a selfie from straight forward. This study proved that people do indeed tend to manipulate the camera angle so as to portray or create an impression of either dominance or submission (Ludden, Ph.D., 2017). Dominance and submission both play a large role in the evolutionary theory.There are definitely psychological affects that are related to selfies. Taking selfies and posting them online can have both positive and negative effects. One major negative affect of selfies is the self-esteemproblems they often cause. Usually, when self-awareness is increased self-esteem issues arise. That is precisely wheat selfies do. They create self-awareness. When you see yourself in a picture, you tend to
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- Summer '16
- Dr. K
- Psychology, selfies, Sexual Selection, Selfie