Whether you realise it or not, we all have a side that we tend to lean to when taking selfies. Some might just do it by habit, others because it feels more natural, but some will identify this as their 'good side' and never stray to the other.
Experimental neuropsychology lecturer Annukka Lindell examined 2,000 Instagram selfies using the #selfie hashtag and a new study has confirmed that not only do we tend to have a preferred angle, but there's a reason for it, too.
Findings show that we tend to lean to the left for selfies, with 41% of photos showing this bias and 32% of photos showing a bias towards the right. 20% of the photos studied were selfies taken dead on centre, and only 8% were shared with no obvious bias in pose.
"Ninety-two percent of the sample showed an overall posing bias," Annukka wrote. "Given that only 8% of selfie-takers showed no overall bias, the tendency to repeatedly adopt a preferred pose appears to be the norm for selfie-takers."
The study, published in the Frontiers in Psychology journal proved to Annukka that we're choosing our left cheeks because of the way our brains work.
She said: "Because the left side of the face is predominantly controlled by the emotion-dominant right hemisphere [of the brain], the left cheek is more emotionally expressive.
"Consequently, people intuitively offer the left cheek when asked to pose for a photo expressing emotion, and the right cheek when posing for a photo that conceals emotion."
Well that explains why it takes so many goes to get the perfrct selfie!