We live in a selfie-nation, from Taylor Swift, to the Kardashians, world leaders...even your parents take 'em. 


Masters students at BYU wanted to answer the question: What motivates me and you---and people of all ages, cultures, genders and religions--to take and share selfies?


The five student research project was recently published; they broke down the three main reasons we take selfies.

Do you fall into one of these categories of selfie takers?


These people take selfies primarily to engage with friends, family or followers in conversation. "They're all about two-way communication," according to coauthor Maureen Elinzano. So, you want to spark a conversation about the value of voting and encourage your followers to fulfill their civic duty? Take one of these:





These types of selfie-takers use the pictures as a tool to record key events in their lives and preserve significant memories. While people in this category want others to see their photos, they aren't necessarily looking for feedback or engagement they way a Communicator is. You probably take photos like this...when I went to Aulani Resort in Hawaii to broadcast live!


Hit the air at at 3pm PST live from @disneyaulani.🌴☀️🌴 Love hanging with these two. @djlisafoxx @unclejoebenson

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These photographers are actually the smallest of the three groups, they "are the people who love documenting their entire lives," coauther Harper Anderson. "In documenting and sharin gtheir lives, they're hoping to present themselves and their stories in a positive light. So think...T. Swift, Katy Perry, or (gasp) any of the Kardashians. I mean...sometimes you just do cool stuff, right?


Thank you @toyotasocal for a beautiful ride for the #HollywoodChristmasParade 🎄🎄

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I say...take all the selfies you want! It's fun...just be prepared because I might photo bomb you if I catch you.


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