Q3. Where are selfies posted? The group expressed that Instagram, Whatsapp dp, Face Book and Snap chat are the places where selfies are usually posted. One participant posts a selfie daily on snapchat. Some expressed happiness that their followers like and make comments. Q4. Mention any important selfies you have seen. Participants mentioned Kim Kardashian and sisters, Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars with many celebrities in one frame. One participant remembered his school mate posting his selfie with the ISRO Chairman, its impact on his self-value has increased. Another participant narrated a selfie taken of her cousin who fought all odds to finally wed. The selfie was like a proof, an achievement and a satisfaction of a sort. Yet another participant narrated how her school teacher took several selfies and videos on Youtube of his sky diving in Switzerland. A participant expressed how in some marriage receptions, there are no photographers, the guests come and take a selfie along with the bride and groom. One participant detailed a video and selfies of a person engaged in bungee jumping stressing that attention gets divided while taking a selfie and engaging in a particular act. Each participant recalled a selfie based on what was important and what made an impact on them, be it celebrities to self- actualizing moments. One cannot experience the moment of an event and capture the same via a selfie was the conclusion. Q5. Why are selfies taken? Participant 2, F To show people where you have been. Participant 6, F Not to show people, but yourself, for memory. Like for an introvert, if shy to approach someone to take a picture of themselves, selfie is easy and convenient. Introverts find it hard to express themselves, so through a selfie they do express themselves. It tells you your whereabouts, to send people to get connected. Participant 8, F Used for approvals in terms of apparel selecte d, to know the other person‟s opinion. Selfies also make you realize what features of yours are pretty- your smiles like fake ones, half, full, real etc. Participant 7, F It fuels your self confidence, you see your best angles in a selfie. Selfies are ta ken to know one‟s physically attractive features, to stay connected, to seek social approval and social acceptance. Q6. What are the advantages of taking selfies? It improves one‟s confidence, receiving com pliments makes one happy, its easy to use, convenient, it is faster and helps capture the moment were a few answers from the participants. It invokes self sufficiency, you don’t need another person to take a picture. It makes you independent in case you are travelling alone . (Participant 6, F). Selfies are taken based on accomplishment of psychological needs of identity formation and uniqueness and independence. The Internet has become a place for adolescents in particular, to become “celebrities” of social media and have their psychological needs fulfilled. It boosts self esteem. (Participant 7, F). According to Moreau (2014),
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