Here's the Reason Why You Flaunt Your "Good Side" When Taking Selfies

Ever wondered why you prefer the left side of your face in photos?
by Ayessa De La Peña   |  Apr 26, 2017
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Taking selfies (or good photos of you that will pass your standards, LOL!) is difficult. It takes a lot of things, like good lighting, a picture-perfect smile, and your "good side". Yes, Candy Girls, you read that right. A study has found that there's a reason why most of us prefer our "good side" when we're taking selfies and photos of ourselves.

Annukka Lindell, a neuropsychologist at La Trobe University in Melbourne, studied 2,000 selfies on Instagram via the hashtag #selfie. What she found was that 41% of the photos showed the left side of the people in the photos, 32% preferred their right side, and 8% didn’t show any bias when it comes to their poses. (via

The reason for our left-cheek bias when posing? It has something to do with how our brains were created.

"Because the left side of the face is predominantly controlled by the emotion-dominant right hemisphere [of the brain], the left cheek is more emotionally expressive. Consequently, people intuitively offer the left cheek when asked to pose for a photo expressing emotion, and the right cheek when posing for a photo that conceals emotion," she wrote in the study published in the Frontiers in Psychology journal.

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How interesting!

Now, you know what to do, Candy Girls. The next time you take a photo of yourself or the next time you pose for a photo with your friends, flaunt your left cheek. Hee hee.

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