If you own a selfie stick and people are genuinely worried about your selfie addiction, fear not – there’s a very good reason for you to keep snapping.
Filling up your phone’s memory with hundreds of smiling selfies makes you happier, scientists believe.
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, asked 41 students to take selfies and share photos with their friends every day for four weeks.
Over time, their moods improved – they were more happy and confident, even when they faked a smile for the selfie.
Leading author Yu Chen said: ‘Our research showed that practicing exercises that can promote happiness via smartphone picture taking and sharing can lead to increased positive feelings for those who engage in it.’
For the test, scientists recorded the moods of students for a month.
They wanted to determine how smiling, reflecting and paying attention to others could affect their moods.
Some students were asked to take a smiling selfie, others took pictures of things that make them happy, and a third group sent pictures to other people that they thought they would enjoy.
The selfie kings and queens were more comfortable and confident at the end of the four weeks, scientists said.