Self-portraits serve as a remembrance of an important moment of someone’s life that can be shared with others. Along the way, people began to use self-portraits not only just to capture moments of their lives, but also to refocus the way they viewed themselves. Nowadays, these self-portraits are called selfie. The term selfie was first used on Flickr in 2004, but it took almost a decade to reach the masses. According to Oxford Dictionary (2013), selfie is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a Smartphone or webcam and uploaded to any social media website”. People now live in a time when sharing photos online is not only common but also an accepted pillar of someone’s digital identity. Every individual is easily captured by what is new with its surrounding. People are governed by things around him such as the social media. And technology is adapting this social trend of self-portraits to rule the world. In this growing generation, preteens and adolescents are now ruling the world. And the rise of selfie is a concrete proof.
Selfies are easy to do, yet they can also horribly ruin one’s life. In this study, the researchers want to know how taking selfies can change a person’s personality especially for the youngsters. To be specific, the researchers want to identify the potential harmful effects that may arise from sharing “selfie” in the social media. This study will provide brief description of the different significance of selfie as a way of expressing oneself or as a form of addiction which leads to narcissism. This study will help the students of the institute to be aware about the psychological facts of “selfie” and how it can affect them.
The researchers gathered information from different sources such as journals, online articles, and a professional book. These are used to support the claim of this study. The three major harmful effects of taking and sharing selfie in social media are the following: Development of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Cyber Bullying and Loss of Self-esteem.
One of the modern proofs of narcissistic personality disorder in this generation is the rise of selfie. Obsession in taking selfies can be harmful to anyone as it can lead us to narcissism. Narcissism can be healthy because it can be the root of self-improvement, creativity, growth and ambition. Yet, anything that is too much can be morbid. Narcissistic personality disorder is a person’s behaviour in which an individual is being preoccupied about his self-issues and surpassed the healthy way of loving himself. He is a person who doesn’t care with anybody else but only to himself. He is a self-centered person that deals with his high pride and ego. An individual having this kind of disorder needs a deep admiration and affection from others. According to Elkind (1967) adolescents are prone to a form of cognitive egocentrism when they make the transition into formal operations. During...