Selfie science: Why most choose to present the left side of their face


Whether it's due to a perceived flaw or the side your fringe falls, most of us have a preferred angle when it comes to posing in photos.

However, it looks like those who opt to showcase the left side of their face are in the majority if a recent study is anything to go by.

According to research conducted Down Under, the left side of the face is considered more attractive as researchers trawled Instagram for evidence to reinforce the hypothesis.

Annukka Lindell, senior lecturer in experimental neuropsychology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, collated 2,000 selfies as part of her research and established that the majority of people showcased the left side of their faces.

"Given that only 8 percent of selfie- takers showed no overall bias, the tendency to repeatedly adopt a preferred pose appears to be the norm for selfie takers," Lindell surmised when sharing her findings in Frontiers in Psychology.

Of the 2,000 selfies studied, 779 – or 41 per cent – featured the left side of the face as opposed to the right which scored 686 whereas the midline was only showed in 535 images.

And now for the science bit.

Lindell concluded that the left side of the face is considered more attractive by selfie-takers as it is controlled by the right side of the brain which dictates the individual's emotions.

The findings have been dubbed the 'left-side bias' by those investigating the theory.