updated 03/12/2014 AT 12:20 PM ET
•originally published 03/11/2014 AT 5:00 PM ET
All this forward-facing camera work adds up. According to a recent Pew Research Center Poll, 55 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 33 have taken a selfie and shared it online.
Among those oodles of self-portraits is the popular genre of travel selfies. Feeds are filled with shots of folks mugging in front of world wonders and famous landmarks. Some call travel selfies narcissistic (and then there’s those lice rumors), but according to Psychology Today the shots are perfectly normal.
“News bulletin: Taking selfies is a normal thing to do, especially if you have embraced visual communication,” says Psychology Today writer Pamela Rutledge, Ph.D. “It’s okay for all of us to document our big moments. Who knows how many times you’ll be standing in front of the Grand Canyon or the Leaning Tower of Pisa?”