Hate the way you look in all your photos? Sorry, but that might actually be your face, new research suggests. In fact, the study shows that we’re so terrible at recognising what we really look like in images, we’d be better off letting a stranger choose our next profile pic or passport photo.
Scientists from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia have found that people are 7 percent worse than a stranger at ranking which of their photos look the most like them. The research was intended to provide insight into the challenges of photo identification in situations such as border control, but it might also shed some light on why it’s so hard to find a picture we like of ourselves – apparently, we’re just deluded about how the rest of the world sees us.
“It seems counter-intuitive that strangers who saw the photo of someone’s face for less than a minute were more reliable at judging likeness,” lead researcher Davie White said in a press release. “However, although we live with our own face day-to-day, it appears that knowledge of one’s own appearance comes at a cost. Existing memory representations interfere with our ability to choose images that are good representations or faithfully depict our current appearance.” Source: Sorry, you don’t look the way you think you do, study reveals