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Do you go wrong in selfies? The fault lies with your brain (and not your face)

Do you go wrong in selfies? The fault lies with your brain (and not your face)

The selfies They have undoubtedly been one of the most contagious fashions of recent years.

Even those who at first denied the well-known selfies, claiming that they were too mainstream, little by little they have been joining the mass and, although some do not recognize it, they surely have a selfie stick hidden under the bed.

However, it must be recognized that they are a little annoying. We are rarely content with just one try and yes, on top of everything, the selfie is groupGetting everyone happy with the result is almost as easy as getting the seven dragon balls. That's right, we all hate how we look in these photos, no matter the makeup, the attitude or the instagram filters. The typical question always arises: but is that me? Well rest easy, the fault is not on our face, but on our brain, which begins to distort our way of seeing things.

What does our brain say about our image?

It can be said that the person who knows us best (after our mothers, of course) is ourselves. However, the truth is that the image of our face that we see every day, is the one that returns the mirror, which has nothing to do with what others see. You will be thinking that I am an exaggeration for using that nothing to do, but the truth is that the symmetrical faces are only in the pictures.

The human being is asymmetric In many ways, we always have one foot a little bigger than the other, limbs of slightly different lengths, breasts of different sizes. The differences are usually trifles, but they are there and are part of who we are.

In fact, photographer Julian Wolkenstein created a series of photos of faces a few years ago where repeat one of the halves to make them symmetrical. Interestingly, the results were clearly different from the original appearance of the model.

Furthermore, human beings are narcissistic unintentionally; since, according to a study carried out by the University of Chicago, if a series of volunteers is chosen from a set of photosyours is retouched to be slightly more attractive and they are asked which one corresponds to their face, they will choose the retouched one. Conversely, if asked about a stranger, they will opt for the original.

So why do we often go wrong in selfies?

The disastrous results are usually due to two causes.

On the one hand, as I was saying, we are used to seeing our image in the mirror, totally backwards, so seeing it in a photo, whether it's a selfie or the old-fashioned way, leads us to look strange. This is something that more and more applications solve, such as Snapchat, but there are things that not even these can fix.

By this I mean the problem of distance. By bringing the camera so close to the face, magnify some imperfections that would have gone unnoticed in a normal photo and, in addition, proportions vary. The solution to this problem is selfie stick, which has become an extension of the arm of more than one person; But, still, increasing the distance a little more would not be a bad idea sometimes.

It is uncomfortable to want to take a photo and not have a photographer, but all life has stopped the first one who passed by the street to ask him and nothing ever happened. Okay, yes, I could have run away with our camera, but those things are what make life exciting, right?

Va: The Atlantic