#Selfie: The modern Self PortraitBy Alana Poynton.Photo by jeppe2 on flicker creative commons
Definition: selfie – taking a photo ofoneself, usually with the intention topost on social media.Narcissistic or Pathto Self-Identity?Photo by greeblie on flicker creative commons
Why do we take selfies?We are seeking reassuranceand making statementsabout ourselves.We rely on othersperceptions, judgmentsand appraisals todevelop our social self.Photo by ganesha.isis on flicker creative commonsSourceSelfies just as much for the insecure as show-offs. By JillianMcHugh
“The looking-glass self" isa psychological conceptthat suggests wedevelop our sense of selfbased on theperceptions of those weinteract with”-Andrea Letamendi,doctor of psychology at UCLASource: The Social Psychology of the Selfie. ByChristine Erickson
"Its people looking for their friends to confirm they lookgood. You want that reassurance, we all want people tosay positive things about us”- cultural studies expert Jon Stratton.Photo by glennharper on flicker creative commons Source: The Social Psychology of the Selfie. ByChristine Erickson
But is it Narcissistic ?“I think narcissism meanssomething different now;the selfie is narcissistic butonly in the sense itsshowing something ofyourself."-Tama Leaver, internet studies lecturer Photo by Wurzeltod on flicker creative commonsSource: The Social Psychology of the Selfie. By ChristineErickson
Photo by SalFalkopj on Flicker Creative CommonsStudies show that the comments and likes on yourFacebook profile picture strongly affect your level ofperceived physical, social and professionalattractiveness.THE BENEFITSSourceSelfies just as much for the insecure as show-offs. ByJillian McHugh
In past, style inspiration came fromcelebrities on glossy magazinecovers where the photos areStaged and RetouchedPhoto by retroman on flicker creative commons
We are now turning to our peers forWHY?"You want to dress like your peer group because then your peer growill support you. If you dress like a celebrity when your peer groupdressing conservatively, you can be ostracized."-Professor Stratton, cultural studies expertPhoto by puuikibeach on flicker creativ
Photo by EG Focus on flicker creative commons53% friend and family26% from Bloggers15% From Celebrities
In this respect, takingselfies seems to beoverwhelmingly aFEMALE phenomenonPhoto by mikebaird on flicker creative commons
Attention seeking?Egotistical?Desperate?Is there a Stigma?Photo By MightyBoyBrian via Flicker creative commons
2/3 women regard them positively1/4 admit it is think it is strange toupload a photo of themselves.Photo by by keightdee on flicker creative commonsSourceSelfies just as much for the insecure as show-offs. By Jillian McHugh
Where are we posting selfies?Social media pages liketo name a few…&Photo by SalFalko onflicker creativecommons
Photo by CHRISSPdotCOM on flicker creative commons93% are uploadedto facebookSelfies just as much for the insecure as show-offs.By Jillian McHugh
Why“Perception of privacyplayed a large role in theway we interact online…Ithink what people areembarrassed about is whenpictures get spread outsideof the circle of people youwant to see them”- Jon Stratton, culturalstudies expertPrivacy.Photo by jordanmerrick on flicker creative commonsSource: The Social Psychology of theSelfie. By Christine Erickson
Warning: posting selfies can have anegative impact on self esteem.Photo by Untitled blue on ficker creative commonsSelfies pose a problem for those people whose self esteem isbased of off public contingencies.ie developing your perception of self on others opinions.
"It is onlyproblematic whensomeone fixates orover-compares totheir detriment, butthat is not a functionof the photos asmuch as theindividual strugglingwith self-esteem,”- Dr. Rutledge, director of the MediaPsychology Research CenterPhoto by Gabriela Camerotti on flicker creative commonsSource: The Social Psychology of the Selfie. By Christine Erickson
Whether or not they arehaving a positive impactis still undecided.Regardless, the #selfie isaltering the way we usesocial media andultimately changing ourviews on self image!Photo by Angelo González via Flicker creative commons
Sources:http://www.watoday.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/selfies-just-as-much-forthe-insecure-as-showoffs-20130403-2h6ow.htmlhttp://mashable.com/2013/02/15/social-media-and-the-selfie/http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-05/myth-snapchathttp://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opnion/clarke-the-selfie-obsession-says-a-lot-about-how-our-once-knockabout-cuture-has-changed/story-e6freabc-1226625417636Photo by Sergiu Bacioiu via Flicker creative commons
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