It’s 2016 and selfies have taken over Facebook feeds, Twitter and (almost) the entire internet.
Selfie haters might call it a millennial epidemic, but researchers from the University of California, Irvine found that this obsession could be a good thing.
The study, published in July in the journal “Psychology of Well-Being,” found that taking selfies can have a positive effect on both your psychological and emotional well-being.
The UC Irvine researchers examined 41 participants over a four-week period as they went about their normal, day-to-day routines.
According to the study, the 13 male and 28 female participants were college students between the ages of 18 and 36 years old.
Week one was the control session. Participants documented their mood three times a day writing down anything that may have influenced their feelings.
For the next three weeks, participants were randomly assigned to three different photo-taking conditions (or groups): Smiling selfies, photos of things that make them happy, and photos of things that would make someone else happy -- which they sent to that person.
By the end of the study, researchers had collected nearly 700 photos from participants.
And what did they discover?
The final results showed their was an increase in happiness or a positive mood for participants in each group, but participants in the selfie group, specifically, also reported feeling more confident and comfortable about themselves. Although, some participants did say a faked or forced smile caused them stress.
And even though the study had a small sample size, it’s created an excuse to take even more photos of yourself.
Who doesn’t love that?
So don't worry, take a selfie and be happy.