There is an amazing dog called Bozo , who has been the subject of many poems ( more than 50) , on my poetry blog Strewn Ashes. (I once made a book about this and Bozo has been clicked reading it ) .
The reason Bozo is amazing, is not because he has all the "approved" canine properties that make people go "Oooh !" but because his eyes are so expressive , he is a thinking dog, and is almost evolved.
His mentor and chronicler, my friend, Deepak Amembal (with whom he lives) , posts a picture of his every week. So many times, Bozo has stuff to say on the going ons around him, proclivities of machines and humans, and mindless following of customs by folks.
The latest post had this picture, and a question "Am I pouting?" , which triggered something I have been wanting to ask for a long time.
What is the connection between taking what are known as "Selfies" and "pouting" ?
What makes presumably , otherwise sensible, well known, publicity conscious folks pout in photographs , that they take of themselves ?
Why do they never have a surprised , cheerful, "Aiiyo" type expression when they click themselves ? Which is how a normal, hard working, god fearing, ordinary looking human would react ?
Researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore conducted studies where they looked for cues in selfies that are related to selfie owners’ degree of agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness. They even connected things to locations , and poses in which folks took selfies .
600 people on a social networking site answered detailed questionaires , and when these were correlated with the selfies , the research indicated the following connection with character traits and selfies :
And so Bozo, to answer your question, No, you are not pouting, and I hope you never do.
You are a fellow who has made peace with the world, little things satisfy you, you never put on a show , and you always express your gratitude in little ways unique to you. You still have quirks, like chasing birds in the balcony and telling off crows. But that's OK.
Sometimes, you even smile .
If you look serious, it is because you are now older, aware of happenings around you, and most important, you are a Thinking Dog.
More power to fellows like you !