鈥淏ut first, let me take a selfie.鈥 When The Chainsmokers first uttered those words, selfies were still somewhat of a phenomenon. But now, let鈥檚 be honest 鈥 they鈥檙e part of everyone鈥檚 day-to-day. Whether you want to show off your new super cute dip-dye flannel shirt or get some major props for crushing a new one-pot paleo recipe, nowadays almost any occasion calls for a selfie.

When it comes down to it, it鈥檚 pretty easy to understand the reason why everyone on the planet is so into the selfie: Sharing is caring. But one new study from BYU shows that not everyone鈥檚 motives are to show off. In fact, the five researchers found that most selfie-takers can be categorized into three groups: communicators, autobiographers and self-publicists.

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Communicators

This group of selfie-takers is all about engagement. 鈥淭hey鈥檙e all about two-way communication,鈥 explained coauthor and current student Maureen 鈥淢o鈥 Elinzano. These folks use selfies to start a conversation and want their photo to mean more than just a couple hundred double taps. A prime example? All of the bosses who recently participated in the Women鈥檚 March around the world, like our girl Amy Schumer.

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Autobiographers

The autobiographers use selfies to keep track of all the amazing things they鈥檙e experiencing, places they鈥檙e going and people they鈥檙e meeting. These people aren鈥檛 as concerned about starting a conversation, unlike communicators. Think your girlfriend who is studying abroad, posting daily pics from all around Europe. Or our girls from Fifth Harmony who love to document their tour, award season and their time in the studio.

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Self-publicists

Surprisingly, self-publicists are actually the smallest of the three groups, and 鈥渁re the people who love documenting their entire lives,鈥 said coauthor Harper Anderson. 鈥淎nd in documenting and sharing their lives, they鈥檙e hoping to present themselves and their stories in a positive light.鈥 This is where everyone鈥檚 favorite family comes into play: the Kardashians and Jenners. These sisters are probably the best example of self-publicists (and honestly, selfies 101).

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