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5 Scientific Selfie Facts That You Should Know. #5 is Most Important!





Snapping a selfie has been part of our modern-day lives. Whether we are at a party having fun with our friends, alone reading our favorite book, dining out in a new restaurant, or having an #OOTD moment or #WokeUpLikeThis perfection, some of us just can’t let the experience go without commemorating the event via selfies.

In fact, the selfie culture has gone really viral and embedded in our consciousness that the term itself has been recognized as Word of the Year back in 2013. However, there are much more to selfies than the simple act of posing for the camera and snapping that picture. Recognizing how selfies and the internet are influencing culture and behavior (some in negative ways), researches have been conducted to get to the bottom of this emerging phenomenon. Here are 5 important selfie facts you must know.

1. There is a ‘formula’ for the perfect selfie!

Do you want to get high amount of likes on your new selfie post? Well you should consider these guidelines discovered by Stanford computer scientist Dr, Andrej Karpathy.

Examples of a "scientifically" good and bad selfie.


Photo credit: Instagram: Rosie Huntington Whitley

The discovery:
For women, taking the perfect selfie should follow “the rule of thirds”. This means, the face should occupy only one-third of the entire picture for proportion, slightly tilted to one side, and is taken at a center or top angle. Applying some filters and borders also increase those virtual thumbs up. For men, sadly there are no guidelines since not a single male selfie picture made it to the analyzed “best selfies”. Which may suggest that male selfies are less appreciated than female selfies.

How the research was conducted:
Dr. Karpathy ran a database or deep neural network of random selfie pictures, divided the lot according to the number of likes those pictures got, and the features and aspects of the selfies. Then, data was analyzed according to which pictures garnered the most number of likes on social media. Next, the patterns and features common to the “most-liked” selfies are correlated. Who knew taking a selfie can involve so much science?

How about selfies and personality, is there a link? Well click the next page to find out!

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