Monday 1 May 2017

Striving for a flawless selfie? Studies say to favour the left side

It's all about those angles, dahling.

SI Swimsuit model Ashley Graham attends the VIBES by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 launch festival on February 18, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
SI Swimsuit model Ashley Graham attends the VIBES by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 launch festival on February 18, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
A fan takes a selfie with Kim Kardashian
Andrew Fitzsimons and Kourtney Kardashian. Image: Andrew Fitzsimons/Instagram

Karen Birney

Stop the presses! Studies have finally revealed the trick to capturing the ultimate selfie, and there's not a contouring kit in sight.

The real way to pose for the perfect pic? According to the scientists, it's by showing off your left-hand-side.

Dr Anukka Lindell from La Trobe University, Melbourne - who has spent her recent working life scouring thousands of Instagram selfies, bless her - has revealed that there is a distinct 'left-hand bias' which may directly impact how good you look in a photo.

Dr Lindell, who specialises in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience, published a study after surveying the Instagram selfies of 200 male and female participants and found that the majority prefer to snap from the left-side.

Kendall Jenner for La Perla's Spring/Summer 2017 campaign
Kendall Jenner for La Perla's Spring/Summer 2017 campaign

Although hardly a landslide victory for the left (the results were a 53.17 per cent left cheek selfies; 46.83 per cent right cheek selfies.') the study published in Frontiers in Psychology finds that the perfect portrait for many at an angle.

"We know that selfie-takers perceive themselves as more attractive and likable in their selfies than in other photographs," Dr Lindell notes, adding that photos are taken at an angle rather than straight-on "because it introduces more angles, highlights the cheekbones, and makes the subject of the photo appear slimmer."

"Given the effort exerted in taking and retaking selfies to find the perfect angle," the report concludes, "with young women discarding six selfies for each selfie uploaded, such findings imply that there is something very special about the left cheek."

A fan takes a selfie with Kim Kardashian
A fan takes a selfie with Kim Kardashian

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