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Links between taking and posting selfies, self-esteem, body satisfaction and personality


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Keresteš, Mirna. (2018). Links between taking and posting selfies, self-esteem, body satisfaction and personality. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Vukasović, Tena].

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Social media is an important part of life and usual way of spending free time among adolescents and young adults. Research ofpsychological correlates and influences on well-being of popular selfies is in beginning stages. Research so far has mostly been correlational and the results have been inconsistent.The main aim of this study was to investigate the relation between taking and sharing photographs and selfies, and self-esteem, body satisfaction and personality traits. The sample consisted of 123 young adults (66% females) aged 19 to 28 years. Participants completed paper-pencil questionnaires and were split in three experimental groups: a group taking selfies, a group taking and editing selfies, and control group. The results showed that there were no gender differences in sharing photographs and selfies, but women tended to edit photographs and selfies more often than men. Gender moderated the relations between sharing selfies, and extraversion,narcissism, and self-esteem.Among men, sharing selfies was positively related toextraversion and self-esteem, and negatively to narcissism. Among women, sharing selfies was positively related to narcissism and negatively to self-esteem. The results did not confirm an expected influence of selfies on self-esteem and body satisfaction. We only found gender differences in changes in body satisfaction. Men's body satisfaction decreased, while women's increased during the experiment.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: selfiephotographies, self esteem, body satisfaction, Five Factor Model, narcissism
Subjects: Psychology > Psihologija ličnosti
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Vukasović, Tena
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 07:46
Last Modified: 11 May 2019 05:27

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