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Mo' Selfies, Mo' Problems: What We've Learned About Them In 2016

The art of the selfie is a delicate balance of lighting, angles and more shame than previously thought.

By Cody LaGrow | March 1, 2016

Selfies — enjoyed by people who help make the law, pass the football and wookies who say (*insert Chewbacca noise here*).

Sure — we're all probably guilty of photographing our faces with our front-facing cameras. But the further we get into 2016, the more selfie studies show us how many we are taking, what they could signify, and why you may want to stick those selfie sticks right up someone's ... donation box to Goodwill.

Millennials dedicate one hour each week to selfies and are on track to take up to 25,700 selfies in their lifetime, according to Now Sourcing and Frames Direct.

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Another study published in the the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking revealed that the more selfies someone posted, the more likely their behavior was tied to jealousy and arguments in romantic relationships. It could even signify emotional or physical infidelity. 

There's even an art campaign trending right now called MacBook Selfie Stick. It could be a way of reminding us how our vanity is soaring to new, ridiculous heights — or a call to Apple to improve its filters on Photo Booth. It's too soon to tell.

There is a selfie silver lining, but it has nothing to do with your face. It's all about your food. And one study suggests that photographing those chicken fajita nachos could make that queso taste so much more rico.

A study published in the Journal of Consumer Marketing in January revealed that taking a picture of food that's considered indulgent before putting it in your mouth makes you enjoy it more when you finally do. So remember to 'gram it before it goes down the gullet.

This video includes images from Instagram and Getty Images.

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