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Are we becoming a selfie-obsessed nation?

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Flora Edwards

on 18 June 2013

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Transcript of Are we becoming a selfie-obsessed nation?

Selifes are most common with celebrities who often take multiple photos showing their extravagant life style and appearance.

With celebrities using social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, they have gained millions of followers and fans who all view their activity.

Even celebrities use #selfie when posting a photo. It could be argued that this influence has kicked started the obsession for posting pictures of yourself.
A selfie is a genre of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone.

Selfies are often associated with social networking and photo sharing services such as Facebook, and Instagram, where they are commonly posted.
Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites and has recently reached 1.11 billion users in the world as of May 2, 2013

Twitter is an online social networking service that enables its users to send messages known as "tweets".
On December 18, 2012, Twitter announced it had surpassed 200 million monthly active users. (500m all together)

Instagram is an online photo-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services,
On February 27, 2013, Instagram announced that they had 100 million active users

What is a 'selfie'?
Celebrity influence
Social Networking Sites
Our Questionnaire Results
Are we becoming a '
By Flora Edwards and Lydia Girling
Are there any psychological studies on self-obsession?
There has been coverage in the media about a selfie-obsessed nation...
We wanted to find out if our peers think teenagers are becoming self-obsessed...
Our Conclusions
300 million

40 million

photos uploaded per day
Do these websites encourage self-obsession?
Since the number of active users on these sites has increased rapidly over the last couple of years, there has been, unsurprisingly, a rise in the number of photos uploaded.
However, studies have shown that women now receive nearly 2/3rds of all photo views on facebook!

The rise in usage of social media websites encourages self-obsessive behaviour in a variety of ways; recent additions to Facebook now offer an option to share how you are feeling or what you're eating! Instagram was once a photography site for amateur and professional photographers, but has now become a site full of teens snapshotting themselves out and about with friends.
Psychological studies
Twnege & Campbell
-Believe we are in a

-Studied 37,000 college students
-Found that narcissistic personality traits rose just as quickly as obesity from the 1980s to the present
-Fortunately for narcissists, as mentioned previously, the continued explosion of social networking has provided them with the tools to continually expand their reach- the likes of Facebook, Instagram & Twitter
-Notes that narcissism levels among the most recent generations are higher than older generations
Studies, continued...
Dr. Michael Stephone
-Examined specific online behaviour on social networking sites
-Studied 311 volunteers and how...

1) They used Facebook
2) What factors they base their self-esteem on
Looked at...
1) The amount of time men & women spent managing their profiles
2) How many photos they shared
3) The size of their online networks
> Those whose self-esteem is based on public-based contingencies, such as others' approval, physical appearance, and outdoing others in competition, were more involved in photo sharing
>However, people whose self-worth is defined by family life spent less time online
> Women have twice as many views, tags and uploads as men
Know what a 'selfie' is,
Overall, both girls and boys AGREED

that teenagers are becoming more self-obsessed with their image
Out of 6 possible answers,
'viewing and uploading photos' was the second most popular reason
for using social media websites
GIRLS use more of a variety of social media websites, in comparison to boys

Thank-you for listening

Teens are becoming more 'selfie-obsessed'
1) Vanity is biologically more common in women (ancestral; attracts mates and male attention!)
2) It is therapeutic to take pictures of ourselves
3) We are becoming MORE self-confident
4) We are becoming LESS self- confident and want attention
5) Increased use of social media has produced a higher-standard of appearance which
we feel the need to live up to
We believe that..
Multiple factors may be affecting how 'narcissistic' teens are becoming. For instance, women may have a biological tendency to obsess over their looks more than men, but the increased usage and creation of social media sites is helping to elicit these behaviours further. Posting 'selfies' could possibly be a growing self-esteem issue, especially among teenagers (whether they are aware of this themselves, or not).
However, this may just be a phase, Only time will tell if we have truly become more
compared to
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