Researchers reveal there are basically three types of selfie takers... and most of them aren't self-publicists
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It may sound a little bit hard to believe but new research suggests not everyone who posts selfies is self-obsessed. A study by Brigham Young University (BYU) investigating what motivates people to take and share selfies has found, rather surprisingly, narcissistic motives are not the top reason. After conducting surveys and interviews, BYU communications students identified three categories of selfie-takers: communicators, autobiographers and self-publicists. And defying common perception, self-publicists are actually the smallest of the three groups. “It’s important to recognise that not everyone is a narcissist,” says study co-author Steven Holiday. Fellow co-author Harper Anderson defines “self-publicists” as those “who love documenting their entire lives”. She adds: “And in documenting and sharing their lives, they’re hoping to present themselves and their stories in a positive light.” Communicators take selfies primarily to engage their friends, family or followers in a conversation.
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