The Relationship between Obsessive Selfie Taking Behavior, Self Concept and Self Esteem Sadaf khan (L1F16MSSY0001) UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL PUNJAB Psychology Department Research Methods in Psychology Dr. Afsheen 2nd April, 2017
2 Introduction The word selfie has become a popular phenomenon in today’s society. The people of these days are obsessed with oneself. By using social media, people tell everyone about the amazing things they are doing in their life. While in 2013, the word “selfie” was commence in growing age of i- generation. The continues habit of taking selfie among adolescents and young adults have descend into the mold of taking dozens of selfie everyday and posting them on social media and become a very fascinating topic for researcher to study. It is vital to make a note of what obsessive selfie taking behavior represent to our mental health, especially when it comes to teenagers. Clinical psychologist (Bart Rossi) assumed, “Today too many people are interested in making a statement about themselves on the internet and creating an influential existence. Selfie, when used to excess show a lack of depth and a shallow personality. If someone is obsessed with taking selfie it is most likely because the individual is self-absorbed and narcissistic.” In terms of identity development and psychological health, (Valkenburg, Peter, & Schouten, 2006) proposed that young users report increased self-esteem and general well-being following instances of positive feedback on social networking sites. The selfie taking behaviors are sometime associated to the low self-esteem and low life satisfaction depending upon our personalities which are more likely to occupied in persistent distorted cognition about the self ( negative statements). In a different article for Psychology Today, (Pamela Rutledge) uttered that “taking selfie can be unfavorable to a person’s mental health and that indulging in them is indicative of narcissism, low self esteem, attention seeking behavior and self-indulgence.” For the bulk of people, selfies are a way to capture a moment of life, but for others, the response they receive from viewers about their picture becomes associated with self-worth. They over appraise the “likes” or absence of likes, and compare those responses with their value. The more likes they get, the more they post. It the response from viewers equates to a “high” that makes them feel good. They desire that feeling and become more and more obsessed with posting. A center develops for capturing a selfie at every event or the perfect selfie, always seeking to supersede the rush they get when they see someone “likes” them. They become obsessed with
3 their significance to others, interpreting their actions or looks as being as important to others as it is to them.
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