Rats Taking Selfies Mirror Humans Using Social Media
figure out: to find a way to do something; solve a problem
Every day, 93 million selfies are taken worldwide. The average person takes 450 selfies each year. But did you know, it’s not just humans who take selfies? Meet Augustin and Arthur, two clever rats who became selfie experts.
In 2021, a French artist named Augustin Lignier had a unique idea. He wanted to teach his pet rats to take selfies. Whenever these rats pressed a button to take a photo, they received tasty treats. The two rats quickly figured out the connection between taking pictures and receiving rewards. Their selfies turned out to be adorable.
Augustin’s experiment was a commentary on our addictive online habits. Like the rats being rewarded with food to take selfies, social media rewards us with shots of dopamine for sharing online. So, next time you’re on social media, think about the rats who mirror our own online behavior.
1. She spent the afternoon trying to figure out a solution to the puzzle.
2. He figured out how to use the new software by himself.
3. After several attempts, they figured out the best way to design the software.
Say cheese: Rats like taking selfies too