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Banks and GPs to use selfies

Press Association logoPress Association 26/01/2017

Selfies could be used as part of online banking and doctors' appointments in the future, new research claims.

According to a report from Sony Mobile and futurology firm Futurizon, the rise of the self-portrait photos will continue and will be applied to technology in practical terms.

These will include as a way of confirming your identity to log in to various accounts or as a form of payment for some services.

On average in the UK we now each take 24 selfies a month, the research claims, with the average user taking five selfies before they are happy with the end result.

The report found that within five years, technology could be applied to selfies so that they could be used as part of dating - with facial analysis of factors including pupil dilation helping to give an indication of whether your date is attracted to you.

The research also showed that 20 per cent of us would rather see our GP via a selfie or video call in the first instance.

Futurologist Dr Ian Pearson, who helped create the study said: "Through this report, it has been fascinating to chart the evolution of selfies and smartphone photography with the team at Sony Mobile.

"But even more encouraging has been the response from consumers, who have shown they are open to the range of future uses for selfies and video calls."

"The results clearly show that selfies are well on their way to transitioning from frivolous fad to technological phenomenon, and provide food for thought to a number of industries."

The research found the most likely future usages for selfies also included as a visual password for securely logging into online banking, as well as in retail by taking a full body photo and being shown relevant sizes and styles.

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