Taking selfie is widely popular today, thanks to smartphones.
You don’t require any photography skills or a professional camera to take pictures. Several clicks on your camera phone will do the job.
Researchers have discovered that self-portraits can be an effective tool for the healthcare industry.
And that this kind of self-love can actually help protect your mental and physical well-being.
1. A study revealed that selfies can be used to detect diseases
Researchers found that self-portraits could help medical experts identify possible heart diseases. According to the study, certain facial features are associated with an increased risk of heart conditions. And running the profile pics through artificial intelligence resulted in algorithms that correctly identified the existence of cardiovascular diseases. The study is still in its early stages, but the researchers believe that using selfies and AI-powered methodologies can be a simple and efficient screening tool.
2. It’s not necessarily narcissism, but an act of self-care
Another study found that selfies helped people to take a “break” and be more mindful of their day. One participant said, “My job was a very highly stressful role… There were some days when I almost didn’t stop to breathe.” Taking photos was like a breath of fresh air that allowed them to experience something different. For others, it gave them a sense of purpose and achievement.
3. Selfies can help improve a person’s mood
Another group of researchers studied participants who took smiling selfies every day for several weeks. And the subjects reported that even their fake smiles for the photo lifted their mood. Sending these self-portraits to their friends or loved ones also created a ripple of happiness. For example, one participant sent her beau some pics of what she was doing for the day, and his interest and positive responses made them share a feeling of excitement.
4. Capturing your own image can make you more confident
Campaigns today are all about self-love, and regularly taking pics of yourself can make you feel good and more confident about your image and body. One study found that selfie-takers feel more attractive and liked than those who don’t. A snap a day can also chase the blues away. A participant said that the everyday photo session helped him become better at smiling, and he also noticed less stress on his face.
5. These snaps can help with self-reflection
Daily selfies can be a way of recording your personal development. For example, one participant went through a personal crisis and looking back at his photos from that time helped him reflect on how he had changed. He witnessed how he slowly survived the “dark days,” and even elements from the pics — like the light and colors — reminded him of the bright moments.
6. Sharing selfies can help you create or keep social connections
Posting selfies on social media helped some people discover connections, start conversations, and find support groups. New retirees, for example, felt that the comments on the photos they shared simulated the real conversations they would have had with if they were still working at an office. For other participants, documenting and talking about their grief with a supportive online community helped in their recovery.
7. Selfies are also a tool for recording special memories
Nostalgia is good for our mental health, and it helps add vigor to our lives. All these selfies will pop up as “memories” in our social media applications a few months or years from now. And as one person puts it, “It’s nice to be able to scroll back and see good memories. You know, the photo I’ve taken will have a positive memory attached to it.”
There’s a thing called “Selfitis,” which is described as the obsessive-compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media. We’ve just read about how selfies can be good for us, but how much is too much? According to researchers, one or 2 per day may be harmless. But having the urge to take selfies all day and post them online at least 6 times a day may be a sign of chronic selfitis.