Just take a look at your Facebook page. Between puckered lipped photos, to bikini shots and goofy photos with celebrities or food, we’re now living in a selfies world.
But how do these on-the-fly digital self-portraits affect your relationships?
A new study from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. shows data that sharing photos online, might hurt your relationship offline.
In an interview with New York Daily News, I spoke with Health and Lifestyle Reporter Tracy Miller about the study, Tagger’s Delight? Disclosure and liking in Facebook: The effects of sharing photographs amongst multiple known social circles.
In this article, I was asked about my netiquette tips as it affects relationships and was quoted as saying:
Thanks to better phone technology, selfie-sharing isn’t likely to go away, said Julie Spira, a cyber etiquette expert who was not involved in the research.
“It is narcissistic, but it’s becoming acceptable,” said Spira, author of “Rules of Netiquette.” “The President’s daughter posted a selfie from the inauguration, so why shouldn’t you post from your high school or college graduation?”
“If you’re posting more than three times a day on Facebook, you’re going to irritate people,” Spira said, adding that the rule can stretch a bit on other platforms like Twitter and Instagram. “If one friend is hogging your entire feed, you might unfriend that person because that’s not why you joined.”
Some key findings of the report showed:
- Family members and close friends don’t relate well to those who constantly post photos of themselves and at events.
- Partners sharing more photographs of family members had a positive impact on their family relationships.
- People other than close friends and relatives don’t seem to relate well to those who constantly share photos of themselves