An understanding of Self- Presentation emerged during the discussion- I think the best part of a selfie is that you are not dependent on others. I think when someone else takes a picture, you become very conscious about the way you smile, the way you look and you are too conscious to make those weird faces. A selfie is a more natural side to you. I think you get a better picture because you get the entire space, to be all alone to smile, frown, cry. (Participant 8, F). But I think, it does increase your level of conceit. Because when you take a selfie, you know what are your best angles but if somebody else takes a picture of you it looks a little awkward, a little contrasting. (Participant 7, F). I feel that in a selfie, the ‘Real’ side to you is lost. Only your best angle is captured. (Participant 8, F). Like the person you see in a mirror, the person you see in a selfie and the person you see when someone else captures you are like three different aspects . (Participant 7, F) Self- Presentations denote motivations in behaviour. Baumeister (1987) distinguished two types of self- presentational motivations. One (pleasing the audience) is to match one‟s self presentation to the audience‟s expectations and preferences. The other (Self- construction) is to match one‟s self presentation to one‟s sel f- ideal. As expressed by Participant 8, a selfie caters to the expectations of others (audience) whereas to participant 7, there‟s more to a person in a „selfie‟. While a selfie makes one self confident , [ There‟s a joy when you see your picture (participant 6,F)] it’s a self expression , self sufficient way of living, makes you more self confident, nevertheless, it also brings in deception. [ In a selfie, the focus is on one’s face and up to your chest. Your lower body is gone, you could make yourself look thin. (Participant 8,F)]. The discussion followed on why selfies are posted. While it brought joy to some, some found it short lived, momentary, like an obsession. If someone were to tell you that you don’t look as good in the selfie, it wouldn’t bother much if one has self confidence and self esteem. It is about what you want to see, if you choose to be positive, then selfie is going to be productive. If you choose to listen to others’ judgment then I think it will affect you the other way. (Participant 8, F). Like the person you see in a mirror, the person you see in a selfie and the person you see when someone else captures you are like three different aspects. (Participant 7, F) Although a Perceived Self is how a person assesses himself/herself and how he/she thinks others view him/her, the Real Self is how the person really is and the Ideal Self is how the person would like to be. It is all about the choices one makes: to be h appy as they look in the selfie or rely on others‟ judgments. Thus, the motives behind using selfies or the uses and gratifications of selfies depended on the personality of the individual and also on their self-esteem levels as reported by the findings of Bui (2014). One of the male
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