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Description: What do you think about people to post a lot of Selfies on social media sites? The title of the article linked below hints at a causal relationship between the taking of Selfies and problems in one’s relationships. Read the article and maybe have a look at the research article it refers to and then think about whether it did makes sense to hypothesize a causal relationship between the taking of Selfies and relationship stability.

Source: Do More “Selfies” Mean More Relationship Woes? Robert Preidt, HealthDay, US News and World Report.

Date: February 5, 2016


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I posted an article referring to research related to aspects of social media use such as the posting of Selfies a while back. In that article the focus was on what various types of social media use might suggest about people’s personalities. This article takes a slightly different perspective and looks at the relationship between the taking of Selfies and the stability of the close relationships which people are involved. Particularly when picked up by the media the tendency is to view new behaviour such as the taking of Selfies as the focal point of the research and assume that any mention of things like the taking of Selfies is being made as a way of focusing on the causal force associated with that behaviour. As you read the article and if you decide to do so as you have a look at the research article upon which it is based it’s worth considering that what might actually be going on here is research into the symptomatic value of new behaviours like the taking of Selfies. In other words, what sorts of people, with what sorts of psychological issues, personalities, disorders, or behavioural tendencies are more likely to take Selfies. Viewed this way the taking of Selfies becomes a symptom of a potentially sizable range of underlying personality traits, behavioural tendencies, or even of disorders.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What are the authors of the research in question within this article saying about the taking of Selfies and its role in relationship quality and stability?
  2. What sorts of relationships might exist between the taking of Selfies and one’s body image?
  3. What other sorts of “new” social behaviours might like the taking of Selfies be seen as do symptomatic markers of underlying psychological issues or characteristics?

References (Read Further):

Ridgway, J. L., & Clayton, R. B. (2016). Instagram Unfiltered: Exploring Associations of Body Image Satisfaction, Instagram# Selfie Posting, and Negative Romantic Relationship Outcomes. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 19(1), 2-7.