We turn to science for a lot of things (like how to get smarter by drinking wine), but taking selfies has never been one of them… until now. As it turns out, there IS actually a method to taking a good selfie, and a new report is here to help us figure it out.


In a new study for Australia’s Frontiers in Psychology, Dr. Anukka Lindell, a senior lecturer in experimental neuropsychology at Melbourne’s La Trobe University, analyzed the 10 most recent self-snapped pics of 100 folks using the selfie hashtag and concluded that most people actually share a “good” side.

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Her findings showed that most users preferred to take left-sided selfies à la Kylie Jenner. “92 percent of the sample showed an overall posing bias, with 41 percent favoring their left cheek, 31.5 percent preferring their right cheek, and 19.5 percent repeatedly posting midline selfies,” she wrote.

If you’re interested in taking a selfie that’s profile pic status, she suggests that you ”avoid facing the camera head on in a midline pose, unless one is aiming to look bigger.” Instead, Dr. Lindell says you should adopt a pose with a three-quarter or two-third turn toward the camera, as it introduces more angles, highlights the cheekbones, and makes the subject of the photo appear slimmer.

Welp, if science says so…

Who’s off to upload a selfie to Instagram now? Tweet us @BritandCo!

(h/t Hello Giggles; photo via Jerod Harris/Getty)