Nowadays, selfies play a prominent role in self-presentation and it is also related to the concept of self-esteem. Several reasons can explain why do people are more willing to share their life on social media.
First of all, selfie-related behavior is how individuals compete for attention online as well as seeking attention. Secondly, celebrity culture advocates the value of competition for attention. From the study in the article, women are more likely to use digital images as known as selfie for impression management. RTV are also related to selfie-related behavior. People who are heavy viewers behaved more optimizing their selfies on social media, hence they are more likely to spend more time on social media profiles, cultivated a wider audience and shared more selfies. In addition, in order to have desirable pictures and create more audiences, they have to spend more time on editing their images. Women take more selfies in order to increase the possibility of capturing a better picture. However, women share fewer selfie than men since women are more likely to be self-conscious of their appearance.
On the other hand, different platforms create different audience and this also has a great impact on self-presentation decisions. For example, people tend to post more pictures on Snapchat since people prefer to share temporary moments rather than posting permanent status. In addition, snap chat also minimizes privacy risk from the Internet. From the study, the differences in selfie-related behavior between social media platform are explained by affordances. Snap chat users are less worry about their digital information will publicize across the online networks. There is one more reason that the article did not mention about: snap users can notice if someone make a screenshot of other people’s digital images; unlike Facebook or other social media, people can share others’ information without their attention.
Referring to Ksteu’s post, everyone is trying to portray the best version of themselves even in their worst days. Our life on social media is a no longer reality, we package them into admirable style and try to present the best to others. In other words, digital images give us the opportunity to fake reality for a while and satisfy oneself’s self-esteem.