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This indicates that selfies have the power to increase one’s self-confidence. Ordas (2014) also stated that As someone who has low self-esteem, partaking in a small self-portrait project helped me build a little bit of confidence while improving my photography skills. Somehow, it was a way for me to channel all the doubts and insecurities I had in just a few snaps. It allowed me to get used to my face a little bit, even to the point of finding a little bit of beauty in it, para. 9. Furthermore, researchers have also suggested that clicking and posting selfies could actually be an empowering activity and also helps young people to develop their identity, and boost confidence and self-esteem ("Your Love for Selfies Could Actually Empower You, Boost Confidence and Self-Esteem," 2015). Annabelle (2014) also mentioned that selfies could help enhance one's self-confidence. Many psychologists have also ascertained the fact that, selfies, when used in moderation is healthy, and boost one’s self-confidence and thereby, their self-esteem (Yadegaran, 2013). Another possible reason is that the act of posting selfies helped the people with low self-esteem to avoid difficult public situations where one may undergo humiliation or harassment. Another possible reasons could be that people with low
40 self-esteem strived to remain active in social media in order to avoid the risk of public humiliation and also to reduce social anxiety (Varnali, 2015). Another reason could be that people with low self-esteem posted more selfies to boost self-confidence because they could control how their image is being portrayed in social media (Booker, 2015). Booker states that these people edit their images to the level of their imaginary perfect person they always wanted to be and post them in a way they receive positive comments and likes from their friends or any other person for whom the selfie was intended to. This indirectly boosts their self-confidence. Such self-confidence that they gain by posting edited self-pictures as selfies is just a momentary boost and is not real (Rutledge, 2013). Conclusion, Limitations and Future Research The study involved a slightly higher number of male participants than female participants between the ages of 18-24 years old. Though the study involved participants from different ethnic origins, taking and posting selfies was not confined to one particular ethnicity. The study also found that people with low self-esteem took an average of 6 selfies per week, and people with high self-esteem took an average of 8 selfies per week. The decrease in the number of selfies with the decrease in self-esteem levels could be attributed to the fear of low, negative or no social feedback or likes to one’s selfies (Carol, 2013). The study also found that people with low self-esteem posted an average of 0.88 selfies per week, and people with high self-esteem posted an average of 2 selfies per week. The reason that people with high self-esteem tend to post more selfies than people with low self-esteem could be because they needed constant attention, social validation and they relied too much on the