While the baby boomer generation above us are all too quick to tut and shake their heads at the flip of a camera to selfie mode, we've got news that'll get them to hush. Because new scientific research reveals taking selfies actually has a positive effect on our mental health long-term.
Yeah, we Millennials will get called vain and self-obsessed for our incessant need to pap our own faces (usually with added Snapchat filter), but luckily for us psychologists at the University of California decided to look into it once and for all.
Assessing 41 students with a majority of females (28 compared to 13 males), the researchers watched the youngsters go about about their usual daily routine,which included studying and lectures, for four weeks.
Initially the participants were required to note down their mood three times every day along with a specific time or event that affected this mood, but in the following three weeks they were told to take photos when they noted these emotions down.
The participant group was randomly split into three, with one third being instructed to take a smiling selfie, another group taking a picture of an object or a place that made them happy, and the final group taking a picture of something that would make someone else happy before sending it to that person.
And what did they find? The group that took the selfies turned out to be more confident in themselves and happier in the long run.
So that's that, then. We'll be papping away at our own faces at every opportunity from now on. It's good for us.
Originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk