Are People Who Take Lots of Selfies Really Narcissists?
A new study has identified three types of selfie takers. Each snaps and shares self-portraits for a different reason.
Why do people take selfies? It’s not all about narcissism, says a new study from Brigham Young University. Based on survey responses and interviews with a small group of social media users, researchers identified three categories of people who snap and share the iconic digital self-portraits: communicators, autobiographers, and self-publicists.
Communicators are really interested in two-way conversation, according to the study authors, and they take selfies primarily to engage friends, family, or followers. The researchers cite actress Anne Hathaway’s recent “I voted” selfie as an example of a “communicator” post, as it sparked a spirited discussion about civic duty.
Autobiographers, on the other hand, use selfies as a tool to record important events in their lives. They still want others to see their photos, but they’re more interested in preserving these moments than in social engagement and feedback. Astronaut Scott Kelley, who posted space-suit selfies while chronicling his year in space, is a good example.