People tend to unconsciously center their Instagram selfies on their left eye, a study found.
Researchers from City, University of London, the University of Parma and the University of Liverpool analyzed around 3,500 Instagram selfies as part of the study.
They noted that when taking a selfie, people had a tendency to center their eyes, with special focus on the left.
This reflects from a phenomenon observed in a healthy brain known as a pseudoneglect, in which spatial attention tends to be shifted unconsciously to the left.
The study also suggests that alignment is because our eyes provide information about what we are watching and the middle left is the best way to inform people about our mood.
Various famous celebrities including Megan Barton Hanson, Drake, Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Sophie Turner and Miley Cyrus have made selfies with their left eye close to the center
Previous research also suggests that the left eye is centered more often than the right because people prefer to show their left cheek.
The phenomenon is comparable to painters who apply an eye-centering principle to portraits.
The study used a publicly available selfie database of photos uploaded to Instagram from Bangkok, Berlin, London, Moscow, New York City and São Paulo.
Most of the photos examined were spontaneously posted on social media.
Of the total of 3,556 selfies, they discovered that 1,931 (54 percent) had the left eye of the subject in the horizontal center of the photo.
For comparison: 1,625 (46 percent) had the right eye in the middle. Although the difference was small, the researchers said it was significant.
Various famous celebrities, including Drake, Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus, also seem to be following the phenomenon through various Instagram selfies.
The study said the trend reflects a phenomenon observed in neurologically healthy people known as pseudoneglect, shifting spatial attention to the left. Shown is an example of the middle selfie phenomenon on the left
Professor Christopher Tyler, professor of optometry and visual sciences at the City, University of London, was a collaborator of the study.
He said: & # 39; The core result of this study was to replicate my earlier finding that painters tend to center one eye in portraits, over the centuries, in a modern version whose selfie-photographers simultaneously both artists if the subjects of the portrait are.
& # 39; This tendency to center counteracts the alternative possibility of symmetrically placing the symmetrical face in the frame, thereby preventing the un-centered eye from being placed & # 39; is in the cold & # 39; & # 39 ;.
& # 39; These results are important for understanding the perceptual principles that are in effect, as these are diverse & # 39; portraits & # 39; choose the frame and composition of their photos & # 39; s.
The study suggests that alignment is because our eyes provide information about what we are watching and we see the position of our left eye as the best way to convey our mood (Photo: Anonymous individuals from www.selfiecity.net, which the researchers used)
& # 39; The tendency to center a feature of particular interest in the frame is probably due to the fact that we humans have a single high-resolution focal area in the center of our retina, the fovea, which has a natural appeal for this largely unexpected tendency to compile the portrait. & # 39;
The survey did not include photos with multiple people in the recording, or photos taken with pets or dolls.
It also separated standard selfies, taken at arm's length with a telephone or similar device, from mirror selfies.
However, the same eye centering phenomenon was observed in standard and mirror selfies.
In the pseudoneglect, the scientists explained, people automatically tend to the left when trying to judge where something is.
For example, when asked to place the center of a horizontal line on a blank sheet of paper, people usually place it a little to the left of the true center.
HOW CAN YOU DOWNLOAD YOUR DATA FROM INSTAGRAM?
Instagram launched an & # 39; Data Download & # 39; tool in April. This allows Instagram users to download a copy of all content that they have uploaded on the platform.
That includes data such as photos, videos, stories, profile info, comments and messages.
Open the Instagram website in your desktop browser to access the Download data feature.
From there, go to your profile, then click on the gear icon and select & # 39; Privacy and security & # 39 ;.
Scroll down on the Privacy and Security page until you reach the & # 39; Data Download & # 39; comes and click on & # 39; Download Request & # 39 ;.
Until now, Instagram lacked a data portability tool and users cannot save their photos after they have already been placed in the app
Instagram asks you to enter an email address to gain access to all your data.
The company noted that it can take up to 48 hours to send a download link.
Until now, Instagram lacked a data portability tool and users do not have the option to save their photos after they have already been posted in the app.
That is despite the fact that Facebook introduced a similar feature in 2010, called the Download Your Information tool.
Importantly, the tool allows users to manage the data that they have uploaded to the platform, but not necessarily all the data that Instagram has collected about them.
Until now, users have been forced to use potentially unsecured or scamming third-party apps to download their data from Instagram, via apps such as Instaport.
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