Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Me, My Selfie, and I: Personality Traits' Influence on Online Self-Portrait Sharing
by Vardeman, Christopher E., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 55; 10690904
Abstract (Summary)

Millions of selfies are posted on social media every day. Past research has attempted to explain this behavior, though inconsistent results have necessitated further investigation. The present study broadened the scope of selfie research by using electronic survey methods in a sample of active social media users to examine the relationships between narcissism, extraversion, purpose in life, prevalence of posting, and two novel constructs: number of selfie drafts taken before final selection, and immediacy of posting after taking a selfie. Higher prevalence was significantly related to greater number of drafts and belief that selfies facilitate self-expression and self-discovery. Greater number of drafts was also associated with lower feelings of purpose, greater immediacy, and younger age. These findings, together with an absence of strong links between selfies and narcissism or extraversion, suggest that selfie sharing is more nuanced than previous studies have shown. The present data’s correlational nature precludes causal inference, but informs future research on selfies and human behavior on social media.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Warren, Christopher R.
Commitee: Amirkhan, James H., Fiebert, Martin S.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Social psychology
Keywords: Extraversion, Narcissism, Photography, Purpose in life, Selfie, Social media
Publication Number: 10690904
ISBN: 978-0-355-48829-6
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