Selfies and Happiness Linked According to New Study

Admin | Published 2016-09-14 23:20
For the selfie lovers, good news! According to a new study conducted by computer scientists at the University of California, Irvine, regularly taking selfie photos with your phone and sharing them with your friends can boost your happiness. The research authors discovered that students often ward off sadness by taking simple actions with their mobile phones. Taking daily selfies and sharing these photos can positively affect people according to the study from UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences published in Psychology of Well-Being.

  Lead author and a postdoctoral scholar of UCI Department of Informatics, Yu Chen, said, This is particularly useful information for returning college students to be aware of, since they face many sources of pressure." Stressors can impact the students’ academic performance negatively which will sometimes lead to depression. Being away from home for the first time, loneliness, isolation, financial problems, and coursework issues are some of the biggest stressors for students. Chen said, “The good news is that despite their susceptibility to strain, most college students constantly carry around a mobile device, which can be used for stress relief. Added to that are many applications and social media tools that make it easy to produce and send images." The study revealed that participants who took selfies are more confident and comfortable with their smiling photos over time while those who took pictures of objects that made them happy became more appreciative and reflective. Additionally, those students who took pictures to make others happy are calmer and connection to their family and friends aided them in relieving stress. Senior Author and Professor of Informatics, Gloria Mark said, "You see a lot of reports in the media about the negative impacts of technology use, and we look very carefully at these issues here at UCI. But there have been expanded efforts over the past decade to study what's become known as 'positive computing,' and I think this study shows that sometimes our gadgets can offer benefits to users."
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