If you thought that your selfies were totally innocent, you were wrong, apparently.
A study published in 2017 by the Florida State University suggests that people use different physical positions and manipulate camera angles when taking selfies, in an unconscious impression-management strategy.
According to this study lead by Nastasia Makhanova, the rationale behind this is derived from evolutionary theory.
The study comes to the conclusion that women take photographs from above to highlight their youthful and supportive features and appear attractive, whereas men take photographs from below to highlight their size and appear dominant.
The funny thing is that, according to the study, the angle differs depending on the targeted audience. When their audience is women, men take selfies straight-on to appear supportive. When the audience is men, they take them from below to show dominance. Women also take selfies aimed at other women straight-on, but they angle selfies for men from above to show submission and appear more attractive.
This being said, I know women who take selfies straight-on. I know men and women attractive, supportive and dominant, from whatever angle they choose. I even know a few people who suck at selfies and who don’t give a damn – and I am definitely one of them (I gave up, by the way: I use my mobile phone to take pictures or make phone calls).