SEATTLE — If you care what other people think of your social media posts, you may want to think twice before uploading selfies, according to new research from psychologists at Washington State University.

In a study that will publish this fall in the Journal of Research in Personality, individuals who posted a lot of selfies were almost uniformly viewed as less likable, less successful and more insecure than people who posted more “posies” — that is, traditionally posed photos that appear to be taken by someone else.

WSU psychology professor Chris Barry worked with WSU students, as well as collaborators from the University of Southern Mississippi, to design a project intended to measure judgments of pictures posted on Instagram.

The team asked 30 students at the Mississippi school to fill out personality questionnaires and allow researchers to use their 30 most recent Instagram posts.

Those 900 images — stripped of hashtags, captions and information about the user and their followers — were shown to 119 WSU students, who were asked to rate the individual profiles on 13 attributes such as self-absorption, self-esteem, dependability and likability.

Across the board, the study found that people who posted more selfies were viewed to have lower self-esteem and to be more lonely, less dependable and less successful than who those who posted more “posies,” Barry said.

“Even when two feeds had similar content, such as depictions of achievement or travel, feelings about the person who posted selfies were negative and feelings about the person who posted ‘posies’ were positive,” he said.

People’s motivations for how, when and why they post what they post on social media can be complicated and nuanced, but the WSU study’s findings are worth keeping in mind, Barry said.

Those without a friend (or a so-called “Instagram husband”) available to snap a pic can try using a self-timer to take their own posed photos from farther away than arm’s length. The WSU researchers found that even if a photo that appears to be a “posie” was, in fact, taken by the subject, it was still perceived more positively than obvious selfies.

“It’s definitely in the eye of the beholder,” Barry said.