Contrary to the common perception that people who post frequent selfies on social media platforms are generally narcissists, a new study now says selfie lovers may have different motives that often extend beyond self-obsession and showing off. After analyzing their survey results and interviews, a team of researchers from Texas Tech University found out that there are three categories of selfie-takers -communicators, autobiographers and self-publicists.
“It is important to recognize that not everyone is a narcissist,” said study co-author Steven Holiday in a paper published in the journal ‘Visual Communication Quarterly’. Communicators are those who post selfies on social media primarily to engage in a conversation with friends, family or followers. “They are all about two-way communication,” added team member Maureen ‘Mo’ Elinzano.
Autobiographers use selfies as a tool to record key events in their lives and preserve significant memories. Lastly, self-publicists are the people who love documenting their entire lives. “Identifying… the three groups is important because it’s a different kind of photography than we have ever experienced before,” Holiday added. Understanding people’s motives can be valuable as our society’s visual history is going to be largely comprised of selfies, the researchers said.
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