Why does the camera sometimes make us look different from how we see ourselves in the mirror? To understand, we look to Alfred Hitchcock and the way our eyes take in light. Picture: Pexels

A selfie is a photograph that one has taken of oneself — typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam — and shared via social media. And if this is something you enjoy doing, then you'd know that it usually takes a series of snaps before you're satisfied with the one you'll share with your followers.

And if you "abort mission" often because "the camera adds 5kg", then you might be surprised to learn it's kind of true.

Obviously the camera can't make you physically heavier, so we experimented with zoom and distance to show how lenses of different focal lengths can change the way you look. 

Read: Can selfies really improve your well-being?

Luckily, there's an easy fix. To take a more flattering selfie, or at least more realistic one, simply take the photo from farther away by using a selfie stick or getting a friend to take it for you.

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