Guess what: science says we’ve been taking selfies all wrong.
You look in a mirror and you’re like: I look amazing! You take a selfie, and suddenly you’re noticing things you didn’t see before: your nose looks big, your cheeks look wide, it’s almost like looking at yourself through a funhouse mirror.
A study published in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery journal shows that most people take selfies with the camera about 12 inches from their faces — an arm’s length when holding a phone.
This closeness creates a forced perspective, resulting in a distortion of your face that can make your nose look 30% larger than its actual size.
The solution? Selfies taken from 5 feet away showed almost no distortion in nasal size. So here’s how to take the most accurate selfie:
- Prop your phone up on a shelf or table 5 feet away, and use your phone’s self timer
- Invest in a selfie stick (like this one for under $10 – it can even be set up like a tripod so it’s totally hands free!)
- Have a friend take a solo shot of you (I’m counting this as a selfie if it’s just of yourself!)
Image credit: Reproduced with permission from JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. 2018. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2018.0009 Credit: Copyright ©2018 American Medical Association. All rights reserved.
Need more dating inspiration, anecdotes, and practical advice?
Purchase my book The Art of Online Dating here!