I'm not too sure about this, but maybe it's because most of the images on my Facebook profile that people like are the ones of me looking left but hey, this is science, and it's called Spacial Agency Bias. Simone Schnall is a Director at the Cambridge Embodied Cognition and Emotion Laboratory. She says we all want to look progressive, dynamic, and forward thinking. It's what the social circles, culture, and industry demands. It's also what we want to portray when people see photos of us.
The basic premise is that it's because of the direction we write in. She states "As we move across the page we progress from what has happened to what is not yet, from what is established to what could still be."
What can be considered as proof lies in the fact that the Arabic and Hebrew cultures people facing left are more powerful and is the reverse of the western languages as base.
"Thought therefore follows language, in a rather literal sense."
What I don't want this research to do is to make us all let the model or person you are shooting a portrait of to look left for you to shoot them facing right in a literal sense. What I want is for us to think about these concepts of looking progressive, dynamic, and forward-thinking and capture these aspects regardless of the direction the person is looking at. I believe a powerful image is a powerful image, regardless of the direction of the person's face.
She ends off on a very contemporary tone with "the next time you take that selfie make sure it reflects you from the right perspective!"
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[ via Edge]