Selfies may seem vain and frivolous, but you may be shocked to know that there is a lot more to this cultural phenomenon than you ever thought of.
They date back to the 16th century
You might be shocked to discover that selfies didn’t start with smartphones but have a much longer history. The first-ever selfie was painted in 1524 using oil on wood. In “Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror,” 21-year-old artist Parmigianino depicted his own reflection. This young artist had no idea at that time that he was 500 years ahead of a booming trend!
They weren’t always easy to take
The first photographic selfie as we know it today was taken by Robert Cornelius in 1839. It however wasn’t as easy as tapping his thumb on the front-facing lens of a smartphone.
Cornelius had to set up the camera on a stand, remove the lens cap, run into the frame, sit for five minutes, then sprint back and replace the cap. In this exhausting process, he took what is believed to be the first photographic self-portrait.
They can offer a view into your personality
It turns out that your favourite selfie pose can say a lot about your personality. In a study published in Computers in Human Behaviour, researchers connected self-portrait styles to specific character traits.
For instance, conscientious people tend to hide
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