Want more likes on your selfies?
What kind of question is that, OF COURSE you do and we've got the secret that can make that happen.
According to Dr. Anukka Lindell, senior lecturer in experimental neuropsychology at Melbourne's La Trobe University, your left side is the most ~appealing~ angle, based on her recent study for Australia's Frontiers in Psychology.
She came to this clever conclusion by searching the popular hashtag #selfie and analysing the 10 most recent shots of 100 female and 100 male 'grammers.
After analysing over 2000 selfies, she discovered that there were way more left-side selfies than selfies taken from any other angle.
"92% of the sample showed an overall posing bias, with 41% favouring their left cheek, 31.5% preferring their right cheek, and 19.5% repeatedly posting midline selfies," Dr. Lindell writes.
"Whilst research indicates that midline poses are perceived as being just as emotionally expressive as left-cheek poses, they are less-frequently adopted for a simple reason: they appear less flattering. Tips for posing for the 'perfect portrait' and the 'perfect selfie' regularly include avoid facing the camera head on in a midline pose, unless one is aiming to look bigger; instead, adopting a 3/4 or 2/3 turn toward the camera is encourages as it introduces more angles, highlights the cheekbones, and makes the subject of the photo appear slimmer."
"The theory is that the left cheek poses are intuitively perceived as more emotionally open and expressive than right cheek poses," Dr. Lindell confirms.
Her research also concluded that girls prefer the left side moreso than dudes and (now this is a big one!) selfies receive 1.1 to 3.2 times more likes and comments than any other type of pic shared on Instagram.
Now, go forth and slay the selfie game!