Individual and personality factors that explain selfie behaviors

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v26i10.10553

Keywords:

selfies, narcissism, impression management, psychology, extraversion, selfie behaviors, social media

Abstract

Among the artifacts of the increasingly digital and social media-saturated world we live in is the rise and proliferation of selfie phenomenon. This study is designed to provide empirical evidence in support of, and to quantify the effect size of, the personality and individual-level factors frequently mentioned in literature as the drivers of selfie behaviors. Results indicate that all of the variables considered in this study — age, gender, time spent on social media, narcissism, extraversion, and impression management — predict and explain 60 percent of the variance in selfie behaviors. Implications are drawn and future avenues are discussed.

Author Biographies

Christopher Vardeman, University of Colorado

Ph.D. student in the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder

Harsha Gangadharbatla, University of Colorado

Associate Professor in the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder

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Published

2021-10-04

How to Cite

Vardeman, C., & Gangadharbatla, H. (2021). Individual and personality factors that explain selfie behaviors. First Monday, 26(10). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v26i10.10553