New York, Jan 12:People common perception that nothing is more annoying in the social media world than frequent selfies and are generally vainglorious, a new study found that selfie lovers may have different causes which extend beyond showing off and self-obsession.
A team of researchers from Texas Tech University found that there are three types of selfie-takers — self-publicists, communicators, and autobiographers.
“It is important to recognise that not everyone is a self-obssessed,” said Steven Holiday, study co-author in a paper published in the journal Visual Communication Quarterly.
Self-publicists are the people who love documenting their entire lives.
‘Communicators’ are those who post selfies on social media such as Facebook and Instagram primarily to engage with their followers friends,or family in a conversation.
Lastly, ‘Autobiographers’ use selfies on social media platform as a tool to record key events in their lives and preserve significant memories.
“Identifying and categorising the three groups is important because it’s a different kind of photography than we have ever experienced before,” Holiday added.
Understanding people’s motives can be valuable, because years from now, our society’s visual history is going to be largely comprised of selfies.