What do our photos on the Web say about us? What hidden complexes or secret desires, which sometimes even we ourselves don’t realize, do they tell the world?
Bright Side analyzes the most common types of photos in social networks.
1. Various selfies (selfies in the mirror, elevator looks, fit chicks, etc.)
The abundance of selfies in one’s account reveals the excessive need for the recognition and approval of others, self-centeredness, vanity, and a penchant for narcissism.
2. Sexy selfies
The duck face, an attractively emphasized outline of the body… Your message to the world: “I’m a liberated, ready-to-experiment woman.“ Think about whether you need to show the world so openly that you’re ”on the market” by using your body as bait and a way to sell yourself.
Do you really think that men seeking a serious relationship will take such a bait?
3. Couple photos
It’s a demonstration of your relationship and of the fact that you perceive it as strong and long term. It’s a way to tell the world: “I’m not alone, I’m loved, I’m needed and appreciated.”
If there are lots of these pictures in the account, this is a reason to ask yourself Why do I need this? What do I want to tell other people with these shots? Perhaps it’s a hidden need to prove something to your ex(es) or to win the competition from less fortunate friends.
4. Group photos
If the majority of the pictures in your account are photos of parties or group shots showing how much fun you’re having with your friends, it can indicate an inner emptiness and loneliness. It can also show that belonging to a group flatters your vanity. You tell the world: “I was chosen to be a part of this group, and it’s flattering.”
There are two options. If you share your childhood photo and put it as your profile picture, it indicates you’re tired of adult life: all these responsibilities, bank loans, and mortgages. It hides a subconscious desire to get back to childhood and a need to be taken care of. “Hold me in your arms, and stroke my head,“ cries such a photo.
In the second variant, we share pictures of our children or our photos together with children. This way we say, ”I’m a mother, and it’s a great achievement in my life.”
6. Animals and photos together with animals
If this is a photographer’s account, then photos of wild animals in their natural habitat are evidence of professionalism. Yet if a man puts a wild wolf or a graceful cheetah as his profile picture, he wants to appear bold and strong when, in reality, he’s not.
Women, as a rule, post cute photos, such as charming kittens (rabbits, puppies) or young ladies with kittens. Such pictures indicate the sentimentality and immaturity of the account’s owner.
Again, this is not about the accounts of professional photographers. If there are lots of landscape photos in your account, it can indicate satisfaction with life. Life is a success, and now you can admire nature. Yet it can also indicate fatigue from the frenetic daily pace, and the need for privacy and contemplation of natural beauty.
8. Glamour looks
The abundance of such photos in an account reveals a need for narcissistic support and emotional “strokes” in the form of likes and flattering comments. And this is a reason to think about your self-esteem and alternative ways to build it, not depending on likes and the virtual world.
9. Travel photos
For some people, photos from a trip indicate a desire to emphasize their social status (or aspiration for it). “Look at how and where I can afford to relax,” say such photos.
As for others, it can be material evidence of the reality of the trip, the feelings and emotions that were experienced. Confirmation of the fact that you reached a place millions of others have visited, but you were there for the first time, and this is your personal achievement (for example, a photo with a background of the Eiffel Tower, or Machu Picchu in Peru).
10. Photos with a background of yachts, expensive cars, luxury goods
This is a way to tell the world about your success (often imaginary or desired), to emphasize a certain social status, and declare, “My life is great!”
11. Photos of food
This is not about professional food bloggers. A photo of exquisite food from an expensive restaurant is an attempt at self-affirmation and social self-promotion. And if this photo is in the account of a woman on maternity leave or a housewife, then this is a desire to prove (first of all to herself) that her life is as good as everyone else’s and that things are just as interesting in the kitchen as in negotiations, in offices, at conferences, festivals, etc.
12. Extreme photos
Parachute jumps and conquering mountain peaks or waves is about showing the world truly masculine qualities: courage, strength, reliability, endurance.
Yet extreme selfies (on the top of a skyscraper, train, or with a predator) hide a need for recognition, the need to be noticed, to feel alive. Young people can literally get hooked on the emotional cocktail of fear and pleasure they experience when doing extreme selfies. People close to them should pay attention to this hobby and, possibly, consult a psychologist.
13. Your funny photos
Apparently, the account’s owner is self-confident and self-ironic because to post a “twisted” photo of yourself, especially if you’re a woman, takes courage. Or maybe you just laugh to hide your problems?
14. Photo in the office
If the account contains lots of photographs in the office, in a formal setting, then a person’s professional life and realization in society are clearly important to them, and they’re full of ambitious plans. For the owner of such a page, it’s important to show as many people as possible that they’re a high-class professional holding a position of high status.
15. Objects, layouts, parts of the whole
Such photos reveal a person who wants to seem non-standard. They also speak to a creative nature and aesthetic flair.
16. Real photos without filters and Photoshop
Such photos say that these people perceive themselves as they are. It can also be applied to a situation when a person hasn’t changed their profile picture for several years — this indicates a stability of views, a moral maturity, and a lack of the need to show off in social networks to receive emotional “stroking” in the form of likes and compliments.
Such people use social networks to communicate with friends or for work and not as an opportunity to show themselves in all their glory. They prefer not to photograph moments and share them but to live them in fullness.