From the classic Instagram Selfie to the infamous Snapchat “Uglie”, how we take photos of ourselves and why we take photos of ourselves varies from country to country worldwide.
Focusing on more than just the self-obsession social media has been blamed for , the University College of London has recently released their findings in a comprehensive global anthropology research project on the uses and consequences of social media titled ‘Why We Post‘. It’s a fascinating project (delving into more than just our front-facing camera), which I highly recommend if not only to learn more about the many different genres of selfies.
While Italians take their selfies seriously, often changing outfits or reapplying make-up until they look as though they are all amateur models, many people in southeast Turkey entrust their own selfies to professionals with genuine photo shoots. But it’s when we start looking at China, Trinidad, and (my personal favourite) Chile that we start to really see a difference.
Similar to North America, English researchers found three prominent genres of selfie posted by teenagers: the Classic Selfie (Instagram), Groupies with friends and family (Facebook) and the Uglie (Snapchat) typically reserves for friends, showcasing your most unflattering angles.
This may not surprise you but UCL found that Brazillians love showing off their HotBods at the gym, and the pool, and anywhere else you can see sweat glisten of their chiseled abs.
….but I guess you can’t blame them.
Dominating the scene out here are young women adding effects like cartoon confete. They post “cute” photos and doll em up with hearts, moustaches, and flowers cause why not?!
The other half (it seems) is a little concerned with how their height might factor into your opinion of them, often manipulating perspective to make themselves seem taller. Of course if that doesn’t work you can always add a few inches with a sweet ‘do.
I’m telling you, the Chileans know where it’s at! The “Footie” is used to show people kicking back to binge watching television. While slightly tongue-in-cheek approach to the traditional Selfie, the Footie is used to show a person relaxing.
Ain’t no party like a Chilean Footie Party!
(photos courtesy of University College London)