You probably think people taking selfies are just focused on themselves. However, new research suggests that they’re actually more engaged with the experience than if they weren’t snapping a pic—and finding it more enjoyable. The meta-analysis examined data from nine different studies, which included 2,005 people. If you think about it, it makes sense: When you take a picture, your attention is directed toward the activity at hand (or behind your head, as the case may be).
This doesn’t apply to every activity, though: Getting Insta-happy doesn’t enhance situations that require your full attention (think getting handsy with crafts or playing a sport). In other words, taking a selfie at a group brunch is great, but—for many reasons—please, please, don’t snap and drive.