Selfie warning: why you may want to think twice before posting your picture.....

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RESEARCHERS at the University of York have discovered that people make snap judgements based on your facial features.

Psychologists at the university have discovered that eyes are judged as an instant indicator of youthful attractiveness, while being tanned is linked to masculinity.

The research team say the findings show that people should be careful in choosing which photos of themselves to show to others, as it could "make or break" peoples first impressions.

According to Dr Tom Hartley who led the research at the university's psychology department with Prof Andy Young, you can accurately predict first impressions that people will have of someone based on the characteristics of the judged person’s face.

They also found that when we look at a picture of a face we rapidly form judgements about a person’s character, for example whether they are friendly, trustworthy or competent.

To investigate the basis for these judgements the research team took ordinary photographs from the web and analyzed physical features of the faces to develop a model that could accurately predict first impressions.

Dr Hartley said: “In everyday life I am not conscious of the way faces and pictures of faces are influencing the way I interact with people. Whether in “real life” or online; it feels as if a person’s character is something I can just sense. Our results show how heavily these impressions are influenced by visual features of the face - it’s quite an eye opener!”

The study, in published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). Richard Vernon, a PhD student who was part of the research team, said: “Showing that even supposedly arbitrary features in a face can influence people's perceptions suggests that careful choice of a photo could make or break others’ first impressions of you.”

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6:22pm Wed 30 Jul 14

holden79 says...

"RESEARCHERS at the University of York have discovered that people make snap judgements based on your facial features..."

Well whoop-de-whoo boys, thanks for clearing THAT one up!

"The research team say the findings show that people should be careful in choosing which photos of themselves to show to others......."

Whoa there guys, whoooaaa there, leave some of the universe's mysteries for the rest of humanity to solve!!!
"RESEARCHERS at the University of York have discovered that people make snap judgements based on your facial features..." Well whoop-de-whoo boys, thanks for clearing THAT one up! "The research team say the findings show that people should be careful in choosing which photos of themselves to show to others......." Whoa there guys, whoooaaa there, leave some of the universe's mysteries for the rest of humanity to solve!!! holden79
  • Score: 17

9:31pm Wed 30 Jul 14

topumpire1 says...

York Uni. researchers must have a lot of time on their hands if this is all they can find to look into. People should think hard before posting selfies of themselves within groups or with wide backgrounds. The posted photo's can show people who are in places at times they should not, i.e. people off work, sick & in bed, caught posing/ cheering at large public events instead (or even those claiming benefits, as being bed ridden, dancing or running in a race!) or otherwise!
York Uni. researchers must have a lot of time on their hands if this is all they can find to look into. People should think hard before posting selfies of themselves within groups or with wide backgrounds. The posted photo's can show people who are in places at times they should not, i.e. people off work, sick & in bed, caught posing/ cheering at large public events instead (or even those claiming benefits, as being bed ridden, dancing or running in a race!) or otherwise! topumpire1
  • Score: 2

1:15am Thu 31 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

I just think this whole 'selfie' trend has got to die down sometime soon... it's only really the insecure who go round taking selfies or 'mirror photos' all the time anyway... the camera is always too close (or in mirror photos you see the person looking at the camera of phone as they take the photo), the angle is always wrong, and it is an inditement on society if we all eventually descend into the craze of "oh this thing just happened, let's take a selfie of me at this particular thing". One things for sure, the whole selfie trend would have been cut out a lot sooner had people been taking selfies when 9/11 happened.
I just think this whole 'selfie' trend has got to die down sometime soon... it's only really the insecure who go round taking selfies or 'mirror photos' all the time anyway... the camera is always too close (or in mirror photos you see the person looking at the camera of phone as they take the photo), the angle is always wrong, and it is an inditement on society if we all eventually descend into the craze of "oh this thing just happened, let's take a selfie of me at this particular thing". One things for sure, the whole selfie trend would have been cut out a lot sooner had people been taking selfies when 9/11 happened. Magicman!
  • Score: -1

12:55pm Thu 31 Jul 14

nearlyman says...

Clearly swimming in money and looking for something to do with it and still wanting more ..........
Clearly swimming in money and looking for something to do with it and still wanting more .......... nearlyman
  • Score: 1

1:14pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Kevin Turvey says...

A little bit more worrying is the ork City council 'free' WiFi sevice in the city centre!

Full info here:
http://www.bigbrothe
rwatch.org.uk/home/2
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free-wifi.html#more-
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A little bit more worrying is the ork City council 'free' WiFi sevice in the city centre! Full info here: http://www.bigbrothe rwatch.org.uk/home/2 014/07/theres-thing- free-wifi.html#more- 6288 Kevin Turvey
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Thu 31 Jul 14

spottycow says...

THOUGHT they would have somethingf better to at YORK UNI
THOUGHT they would have somethingf better to at YORK UNI spottycow
  • Score: 0

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