We’ve all heard about how terrible selfies are
I mean, just look at the countless studies claiming that they socially isolate us, that they’re evidence of compulsive narcissism or poor self-esteem. If you don’t take any of this stuff with a grain of salt, you’d believe that the selfies craze was some kind of social pandemic. Well, I’m here to be the voice of reason. Turns out selfies might actually make you more confident – and people who are more confident have more sex, plain and simple.
They might actually increase your confidence
A study conducted by computer scientists at the University of Irvine, California in 2016 provides pretty compelling evidence that selfies can actually make you happier and more confident in yourself. According to Yu Chen, who’s a postdoctoral scholar in the university’s Department of Informatics:
“Our research showed that practicing exercises that can promote happiness via smartphone picture taking and sharing can lead to increased positive feelings for those who engage in it.”
The study included 41 participants, all college students, over a four-week period, having them take three kinds of images: the first, a selfie of themselves smiling; the second, an image of something that made them happy; and lastly, a photo of something that they thought might make their followers happy. In all three instances subjects reported elevated moods over the survey app. In total, researchers collected 2,900 mood measurements, and, professor of informatics and senior author Gloria Mark, said: “I think this study shows that sometimes our gadgets can offer benefits to users.” This is evidence, perhaps, that selfies aren’t really as bad as they’re made out to be.
None of this should really come as a surprise to anyone who’s taken the occasional selfie here and there
There’s something totally encouraging and confidence-inspiring about taking selfies. Not only does the act, in moderation, of course, make you feel better about yourself and your appearance, but it’s also a way of promoting social behavior. It can lead to a totally more robust social life.
So, you’re asking, what does all of this have to do with having more sex?
Simple. People who feel better about themselves and have more satisfying social lives, also lead more fulfilling sex lives. If you’re single and don’t mingle, chances are you’re not creating opportunities to meet new people. Those who take selfies, in addition to having more confidence and feeling better about themselves, are likelier to engage in social behavior and since sex qualifies as social behavior, chances are they’re doing more of that, too.
Selfies are a way of showing yourself off at your best
Getting yourself primed and prepped for a photo that compliments your greatest features is a great way of getting yourself pumped up for a night out, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
All this said, it’s always good to practice some moderation. Taking selfies to fish for likes and complimentary comments from others might indicate that you have some self-esteem problems. Never rely on others for your self-confidence, find that within yourself. If a selfie helps you do that, all the more power to you. Just please… don’t get too confident and start sending everyone dick pics. We’ve all had enough of that. 😉