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BYU Study Shows 3 Reasons Why People Take Selfies

The motivations behind why people take selfies are not necessarily narcissistic; in fact, it's often about connecting with other people.

Selfies have become a staple of the 21st-century lexicon, and now a new BYU study breaks down why people take and share them.

The study was carried out by five master’s students from BYU — two of whom are now doctoral students at Texas Tech University — that sought after what motivates people to share selfies.

“Years from now, our society’s visual history is going to be largely comprised of selfies,” said BYU master’s student and study co-author Matt Lewis, in a news release. “To find out why people do it, that contributes a lot to the discussion on selfies and visual communication in general.”

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