Yesha Callahan

New Study Shows Facebook Selfies Can Damage Relationships

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A new study has revealed that sharing too many selfies on social networking sites like Facebook, could potentially be harmful to your closest relationships. But isn’t that what social networking is for?

A selfie in the bathroom.

A selfie in the gym.

A selfie in the kitchen.

A selfie in a cubicle.

Selfies are great and I’m totally being sarcastic, but Dr. David Houghton, the lead researcher in the study, is being serious.

The UK research discovered that people who post all of these selfies on their social networks could actually alienate their family members, friends and colleagues, the New York Daily News reported.

“People, other than very close friends and relatives, don’t seem to relate well to those who constantly share photos of themselves,” Houghton, a marketing lecturer at Birmingham Business School, said in a statement.

“It’s worth remembering that the information we post to our ‘friends’ on Facebook, actually gets viewed by lots of different categories of people: partners; friends; family; colleagues and acquaintances; and each group seems to take a different view of the information shared.”

The easy remedy for those who post selfies is to limit those pictures to specific Facebook categories. You may not want your coworkers seeing your bikini selfie, so limit your posts to certain individuals.   If you’re constantly on the receiving end of selfies, just unfollow that person’s posts and it’ll totally eliminate their posts from your Facebook stream.

Problems solved. No “damaged” relationships. Selfies be gone.

  1. August 13, 2013 - Reply

    I’m not a fan of Selfies. I like my pictures to have a little purpose behind them. And one of my social media pet peeves is seeing back to back selfies of a person that obviously took these pictures minutes apart. Who wants to see a collage of your bathroom photoshoot… not me!

  2. August 13, 2013 - Reply

    I’m not sure if I believe this. If your relationship fails over a selfie, there were bigger issues at hand…

  3. August 13, 2013 - Reply

    I found that its not just selfies its in general too many photos….I have someone who has over 1300 photos of just themselves! Not necessarily selfies some are poses in locations..but we had a talk with that person and informed them that perhaps they need to re-evaluate the need to share every new photo of themselves on fb. I think controlling your shares and also your news feed is a big help. And if they are a friend of yours a real one then I see no problem with mentioning the excess selfies in a constructive way.

  4. August 13, 2013 - Reply

    I can’t stand the word “selfies” and they will do a study on any topic now days. Social networking sites have made people have an inflated ego about themselves.

    • August 18, 2013 - Reply


      I can’t stand selfies, I can’t stand the word “selfies”, and I can’t stand the narcissistic a-holes who take and post them.

  5. August 13, 2013 - Reply

    Who funds these studies?!?

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