Let me take a selfie: Exploring the psychological effects of posting and viewing selfies and groupies on social media

Ruoxu Wang, Fan Yang, Michel M. Haigh

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Abstract

Taking selfies and groupies and sharing them to social media has become a popular online activity. This study aimed to examine the psychological effects of posting and viewing selfies and groupies on social media by conducting a survey (N = 275). Results indicated frequent selfie viewing behavior led to decreased self-esteem whereas frequent groupie viewing behavior led to increased self-esteem. Frequent selfie viewing behavior led to decreased life satisfaction while frequent groupie viewing behavior resulted in increased life satisfaction. However, neither selfie nor groupie posting behavior was associated with self-esteem or life satisfaction. In addition, individuals high in need for popularity were more likely to be affected by selfie viewing behavior in terms of life satisfaction and self-esteem compared with individuals low in need for popularity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-283
Number of pages10
JournalTelematics and Informatics
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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