Running head: SOCIAL MEDIA AND NARCISSISM 1 Social Media and Narcissism: Perceptions of Seflies, Groupies, and Professional Photos Angelica De Rezende Florida International University
SOCIAL MEDIA AND NARCISSISM 2 Social Media and Narcissism: Perceptions of Selfies, Groupies, and Professional Photos This time period and generation is like no other, with the rapid technological developments and change of lifestyle. Within the span of a decade, iPhones took over, as well as social media networks such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. These advances are now a regular aspect of American's daily lives, and with them; selfies. Taking a picture of one’s self has become a very common behavior, but a lot may go into it. The motivations, affects and perceptions that are behind selfies have piqued the interest of many researchers. It is easy to associate narcissism with people who post selfies because media networks act as the perfect platform for getting feedback from a big audience, which parallels with narcissist's want for a large audience to gain attention from (Zaib, 2017). But it can be also be said that selfies on social media are for self-presentation (Sung, Lee, Kim & Choi, 2016). The purpose of our study is to dive deeper into what sort of affects selfies have on how one is perceived by others. One of the biggest effects to consider is on self-esteem. Without even posting a selfie, simply taking one and saving it on a phone leads to a decrease in self-esteem. However, certain forms of self-presentation on social media lead to an increase in self-esteem levels (Shin, Kim & Chong, 2017). This study concluded overall that, “taking and sharing selfies could result in greater social sensitivity and lower self-esteem of selfie takers,” (Shin et al., 2017, p. 139). This
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