One of the main topics that Michael. A. Stefanone, Zhiying Yue, Zena Toh discuss in their article, is that how selfies help to control your appearance. By editing your photos, choosing the angle for the camera, you decide what the public is going to see. Social media users compete for attention. The fine physical and fashionable look became a piece of vital evidence, that you are successful. By putting yourself in the shoes of the celebrity it helps you to feel more accomplished. However, what are the negative and positive effects of this modern trend, for teenagers and those who are in their 20th? The work «A social cognitive approach to traditional media content and social media use: Selfie-related behavior as a competitive strategy» inspired me to raise the question, of how selfies can actually predict or destroy your success.
You are posting the version of yourself, that you would love to be. Selfie gives you an opportunity to fake reality for a while. «Fake it, till you make it». The limitation of this notion is that there is no statistic evidence on how selfies force you to change to the better self. That is something that should be researched in the future. However, there is an article Fake it till you make it: meet the wolves of Instagram which explores how pretending to be your dream self on Instagram helped to actually become successful. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/apr/19/wolves-of-instagram-jordan-belmont-social-media-traders
Social media users focus on producing instead of the content because it is easier. They start to fake their abilities and hard work. From personal experience, I saw a plethora of examples, when some of the Instagram accounts pretend to be professionals in the film industry, while they even didn`t have high skills. For instance, some of them made a photo of how they worked on the script even though it was the first time they took a pan to write a story. They picture themselves from the future instead of focusing on the result today and actually write a script. Some of them got into depression because they couldn’t face reality, that they are not still the person, that they posted online.