Posted by Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 12-16-2014| Posted in
One recent study indicated that selfie-takers may form more shallow relationships than those who don’t. The study concluded, “Increased frequency of sharing photographs of the self, regardless of the type of target sharing the photographs, is related to a decrease in intimacy in personal relationships.”
But, inherently, does being more selfie-ish make you more selfish? Or does it place too much value on the approval of others?
“People often rely on others’ perceptions, judgments and appraisals to develop their social self,” said Sondra Wise, a licensed clinical social worker for Memorial Counseling Associates. “According to Dr. Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, selfies can present a more attractive image of a person’s life. When selfies are posted on social media, getting ‘likes’ from peers reinforces the social self over the real self.”