A selfie can say a whole lot more about you and your personality than you think.
According to a new research study published in Computers in Human Behaviour, your selfies can actually give others an insight into your personality.
The study, led by researcher Lin Qiu of the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, found that certain poses, facial expressions and camera angles corresponded with certain personality traits.
For the study, researchers analysed 123 selfie-taking participants, all of who used popular Chinese micro blogging website known as Sina Weibo.
The participants completed a personality questionnaire, after which another group of 107 Chinese students were asked to view their selfies and make judgments about their personalities.
The study took into account 13 different selfie aspects: whether the person had a duckface, pressed lips together, looked straight at the camera, exhibited emotional positivity, held the camera high or to the side, showed their full face or body, showed the background located and whether the photo was photoshopped.
Results found that people who scored higher levels of agreeableness were more likely to emit a positive vibe from their selfies, as well as hold the camera lower.
People, who were conscientious, were more likely to hide the location of their selfie, hinting that they were concerned about privacy, and people who pulled duckfaces were more likely to be associated with neuroticism and emotional instability.
The study also found a person’s selfie corresponded well with their own self-evaluation of their personality.
The students who guessed personality traits based on the selfies weren’t always accurate, but they were spot on when it came to guessing openness and extraversion.
Another study conducted in 2014 study found that frequent selfie shots could contribute to mental illness, such as body dysmorphic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Other researchers have noted that taking a lot of selfies is linked to narcissism and isolation and even suicide.
So, what does your selfie say about you?