How ‘selfies’ create confidence

sel·fie /ˈselfē/ (noun)- a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. (oxforddictionaries.com)

Pretty much everyone knows the above definition and recognizes “the selfie” as one of social media’s largest and most recent trends. However, most people don’t stop to think about what these virtual self-portraits can represent.

But the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities decided it was going to. The two-part exhibit, “The Art of the Selfie: How Selfies Create Confidence,” was created to discuss how teenage girls view their own beauty.

The first part of the exhibit was a workshop on March 25 at the East Lansing Public Library. Girls in grades 7-12 were invited to think about self-esteem and beauty in the US. They then learned from artists how to express themselves and their ideas through selfies.

The second part of the exhibit was the debut of the gallery April 27, also at the East Lansing Public Library. The gallery showcased the pieces of art that the girls had created at the March 25 workshop.

“I think this program is important because it helps show girls and women that we define ourselves and what beauty is,” says Shannon Lake, teen/lead librarian at the East Lansing Public Library. “It shouldn’t be what someone else says. With the selfie project, we wanted girls to realize that their natural selves and beauty is what people find beautiful.”

The event, sponsored by the RCAH, Project 60/50 and the East Lansing Public Library, will be on display through the month of May.

“selfie.”2014. In oxforddictionaries.com. Retrieved April 30, 2014. from www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/selfie.2014.


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71 thoughts on “How ‘selfies’ create confidence”

  1. It is quite true that selfies can boost confidence, because it allows you to reflect on your strong points as well as how far you have come from where you were to where you are.

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  2. There’s clearly a fine line between narcissism and self admiration (not to mention desperate cries for attention). Let’s not shy away from the fact that selfies range from simple natural self portraits to ridiculous images portraying insecurity. It’s all around us, on social networks for example, people will post irrelevant pictures and then endure confidence crushing negative feedback from the social media masses.

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  3. In my point of view, I think selfies are a good way to boost someone’s confidence because you are given a chance to take a picture in a way in which you will feel good about, you take your time when taking the picture, no one is there to pressurize you and you can also smile any how you feel like smiling. Therefore I feel that a selfie is good way to boost a persons confidence especially when you get good comments or positive response about your picture on the social media.

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  4. I think it depends on how people receive it. The response from people in the comments section have the power to build or shutter her or his confidence. With internet bullying spreading like wild fires all over the internet it is more likely that even if the selfie does look good fellow bloggers may make fun of it. it also depends on the sites you blog on, some may be decent some may not. Nowadays we have apps which can nicely enhance photos which may create a false confidence that collapses in reality leading to ones sadness and depression.

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  5. This topic is more like an catch 22. I believe that a selfie can boost or destroy your self confidence but definitely it will not create self confidence. A selfie that is uploaded on social media could either have a good response that will build self confidence in believing that people admired the picture. It can also lead to bad comment witch will destroy your self confidence in making you feel unwanted and ugly. A other thing that has to be taken in reckoning is that every persons view of beauty is different.

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  6. It has been said in the past that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The initiative to boost self-esteem by encouraging people to take “selfies” is redundant. How can an intangible trait such as self perception be greatly influenced by mega-pixels on a digital device. What this suggests is that the more pictures you take and that you display of yourself, the more self assured you become. Self-perception is determined by how we perceive experiences and how we respond to them. You implicate yourself as a superficial person if you degrade self-esteem to the level of a digital illustration.

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  7. In my opinion, I feel that selfies have become a platform for people to judge each other. Some judgements are not always friendly and this can lower one’s confidence instead of boosting it. I’ve also realized from experience that girls tend to compare themselves with other girls. Attractions of the opposite sex happen between people with the nice selfies. All I’m saying is that people should be sure when posting selfies and make sure u have the right people following you.

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  8. Very interesting article i must say, and i do agree with it. The more u take ‘selfies’ its the more u become familiar with yourself its like looking in the mirror every minute, as u see yourself you will start noticing yours flaws and also your strong points, the more you look at them you will generally start accepting them and loving them because they are what makes you, instead of avoiding them and allowing them to depress you, you start to embrace them and in this way you are boosting your confidence level. The fact that you upload your pictures on social networks shows that you are confident and you feel beautiful about yourself, a person who feels ugly and has a low self esteem wont have the drive to upload their ‘selfies’ because they are not confident and are scared of the feedback they will receive from the public.

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  9. I believe in self acceptance, whether the next person celebrates u or not it is importantto love yourself as you are. My point is i don’t really get how this will helpp.
    live up to the beautu God has granted you and be happy

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  10. I don’t understand how a “selfie” can enhance a girl’s self-confidence, I mean it’s a normal picture – if the girl doesn’t like the picture she will delete it and if she likes it she will upload it on social networks. If it really did increase their self confidence then they would not delete those pictures where they think they look ugly.

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  11. I am still not convinced that selfies enhance young girls self confidence because when a girl posts a picture in such a website a receive bad comments or no comments at all. She will start feeling unattractive and will therefore lose self confidence.

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  12. In my opinion the program is a brilliant idea for girls, especially girls in grades 7-12. At this age you establish yourself: who you are and what you stand for.

    But one must remember that a photo and what that person really looks like may differ. Stay away from editing your photos, it will get you the attention and good comments that you want, but when you look at that picture, you’ll know that their liking Photoshop and not you

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  13. In my opinion the program is a brilliant idea for girls, especially girls in grades 7-12. At this age you establish yourself: who you are and what you stand for.

    But one must remember that a photo and what that person really looks like may differ. Stay away from editing your photos, it will get you the attention and good comments that you want, but when you look at that picture, you’ll know that their liking Photoshop and not you.

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  14. Selfies, a good or a bad trend? it may have its benefits , but it can easily become a obsession, addiction and can lead to self destruction. youngsters are constantly looking for the “perfect selfie”. they download apps that can help them edit the picture to make it look more beautiful. To someone with a low self-esteem this could help them build confidence, but selfies can also become so obsessive to some that it can take over their life, certain people are constantly searching for approval from society. the question is- does a selfie boots self confidence or can it just lead to more pressure in life by trying to be the perfect picture to the world?

    u14010039 Ashley

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  15. This article explores how a selfie is used to build confidence, but unfortunately this particular activity may also have a very negative aspect. Taking a selfie and uploading it on various social media websites is an act of confidence in itself. However there are people in this world who have the need to undermine others for various reasons eg; jealousy. One’s confidence is affected by these negative comments which leads to a lowering of one’s self esteem.

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  16. I strongly believe that selfies play a major role in uplifting ones confidence. When looking at social networks such as facebook and instagram its main users are teenagers,these teenagers upload images that portray themselves in various ways reflecting what an impact celebrities and famous people have on us youth.Social networks have the option of liking an image hence the girl with the most “likes” definitely has a confidence boost.

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  17. “Selfies” has become a part in all of our lives, even if you don’t post your own seflies on social media we are faced with those of other people everyday. I have to disagree with this article because i think the taking and posting of selfies rather add up to arrogance not healthy confidence. Also the people who see these selfies don’t always have a very good opinion of themselves, and being bombarded with the beauty and confidence of others can actually harm their self-esteem. Another thing is that the person posting the selfie often expects others to compliment them, and if that doesn’t happen their self-esteem can also harmed, this gives the idea that outer beauty defines you and as we al know truebeauty comes from within.

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  18. I agree with this article, however it only focuses on the advantages of taking selfies. Selfies do create confidence because they give people a platform to express themselves and accept themselves the way they are. There are also negative aspects to taking selfies and posting them on social media. People post selfies on social media – like, for example, Facebook and Instagram – for different reasons. When someone posts a selfie on social media he or she will get ‘likes’ or ‘re-posts’ from peers and that can boost the confidence of the person who posted the selfie.

    Social media such as Instagram, allows people to edit their selfies with photograph filters to advance the quality of the selfies. The problem with posting selfies on social media is that people who post selfies get affirmation about their appearance from their friends through comments or ‘likes’. Building confidence through positive affirmation from peers is not a recommendable thing to do because if the same peers who said positive things change and say insulting things about someone who posted a selfie of themselves, they can destroy the person’s confidence. Confidence should come from within and not from people’s opinions.

    Some photography filters on social media enhance people’s appearance when they edit their selfies. This is not a good thing because the person’s confidence will depend on the photography filters to enhance their image. Photography filters are also deceptive because, for example, someone who has rough skin can look like they have smooth skin. Enhanced selfies on social media create ‘fake’ confidence.

    A habit of taking excessive selfies may be a sign of narcissism and arrogance. Selfies may create confidence, but they may also create too much of it. This article is interesting, but it only focuses on the pros of selfies – which is that they create confidence – it is lacking because it shows only one aspect of selfies.

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  19. Selfies are taken by people who are confident and think they are good-looking and that’s why they put photos of themselves on social media networks. The likes and positive comments they then receive only add fuel to the fire.
    The workshop in the article was for teenage girls, why not boys? It’s because it’s all about beauty and this generations obsession with physical appearance and beauty. People who post selfies are also vain. I agree with Manqoba that taking pictures is for keeping memories, and not about self-obsession.

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  20. At 14398088 you’re making a good point about all the apps people use to alter what they look like; it doesn’t show confidence in a person. However not everyone uses these apps, perhaps its the people who are more self conscious that do so that they can be what most people think “pretty” or “good looking” is.

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  21. While this article does explain why a selfie can build self confidence I believe selfies can also break it down. if a teen posts a selfie on a form of social network and that selfie does not receive a large enough positive response such as ‘likes’ on facebook) than this could lead to the teen feeling insecure about their looks, and in turn, their self esteem is lowered.

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  22. Over the past 20 years, there has been an increased interest in the way beauty is perceived and expressed. While fashion has portrayed an unlikely image to the women of the world (size 0 models and the model lifestyle), this exhibit was aimed at pointing out that each woman is beautiful in her own right.
    I agree with Mugudamai that the selfie has been made into a virtual beauty pageant where the main act is that of arrogance and not of confidence. However, the workshop along with the exhibit was probably not intended as such but rather as a way of showing the power a selfie may have in overcoming self-esteem issues.

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  23. It’s funny how we define beauty these days. Being a young person in the 21st century is not easy because you have to keep up with the norms. I think it is a brilliant idea to involve young girls in such activities because it helps them understand the significance of self-confidence. On the other hand it becomes a challenge when so many people define beauty differently. Social media has a great influence in how beauty is defined, you take a selfie with shades, make-up and a Very short dress on, you get so many likes and nice comments compared to when you are looking very simple(natural) which is considered dull and out-dated these days. So it becomes a complex situation to say ‘beauty is being as natural as you can be.’

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  24. Nowadays, we live in a society where physical appearance is a huge factor in our societal status, and taking selfies have become a part of our modern lives.

    I have to disagree with this article.
    It is true that selfies can boost up confidence by hearing compliments about your looks.
    However, in my point of view, selfies are a way of craving attention, compliments and assurance. It can also be due to narcissism.
    Most of the time, selfies are edited on photoshop to make themselves look prettier and different from what they actually look like. When selfies are posted on SNS and people compliment on how pretty you look, it boosts up your self-confidence, but only for a short period of time. Their self-confidence will eventually decrease when they are seen by people who expect them to look exactly like the selfies, but so different in real life.

    Selfies promote self-confidence and self-satisfaction. But on the negative side, emotional affects, such as jealousy and addiction to selfies and SNS might also happen. People should learn to love themselves as who they are and how they look, because they are unique.

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  25. a basic thing like uploading a picture in any social space has revolutionized the whole reasons behind taking pictures – keeping memories. A “Selfie” as is popularly known,has been a way of people to share their daily experiences,however,that being said,it belittles people who do not consider themselves photogenic.
    The matter of confidence really boils down to how people feel about themselves,the environment to name a few.

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  26. seeing yourself as others will see you. if you arent satisfied with the selfie u can change your appearance and take the selfie again until you are satisfied. this will really help create confidence for yourself. sometimes you will get negative comment on your selfie but that is just people who are really jealous at you and think they will feel better by commenting some bad stuff on your selfie. i agree that selfies create more confidence for peolpe and that it should not be stopped with.

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  27. Selfies have become a world wide phenomenon. I don’t agree that taking selfies makes a person feel more confident, in fact I think it does the complete opposite. There are so many websites and apps that people use to edit/enhance their selfies. If they’re editing their pictures so much does this truly show that they’re confident in their own skin? One of the main reasons people take selfies is to upload them on various social medias. However these don’t help improve confidence, take snap chat for example, once you send a picture to someone its gone within a matter of seconds, whats that saying? That selfie that the person sent on snap chat is ok because it’ll be gone soon, the same picture would not be posted on social medias because its “not good enough”, there aren’t any edits or filters to make a person “look better”. A large percentage of teens have said that social medias make them feel more self conscious about their appearance.

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  28. I do that and I think its true. Taking pictures of myself make me feel way much better,when I’m sad, happy or in whatever motion,it always feels way much better if I take pictures and share with my friends on social networks and then I feel way much better afterwards. A selfie triggers some sort of divine emotion to me.

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  29. Taking self portraits also known as “selfies” has become the trendiest thing nowadays.I think that taking selfies is a way of boosting one’s self confidence.

    Studies have shown that teenage girls are more likely to take selfies.These teenage girls take selfies under the influence of well-known celebrities or their role models.As a result of this. one’s self esteem is boosted.

    Taking selfies can also be a way of experimenting.One is able to take pictures at different angles.Some take these pictures in their desired angles to accentuate the beautiful looks or assets.Taking selfies should be a fun rather than a confidence booster!

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  30. The recent outburst of the selfie trend has consumed various social medias. I agree that selfies are there to show a persons confidence in their appearance. However i do feel that they are not as harmful as people say they are. Yes i do agree that those people who edit their selfies to such an extent that you can hardly recognize that person are crossing the line a bit, as this can cause judging and maybe even same amount of bullying when this person meets people who have only seen their selfie pictures, I feel that selfies should rather been seen as a playful joke and made into something that can be harmless making them humorous rather than judgmental. For instance posting crazy thing like bungee jumping or sky diving etc. something that wont make people look at the picture in a mind-set to judge on that person on their appearance. It is our society that determines if actions are seen in a positive or negative way, and I don’t see a reason why selfies should attract mostly negative attention from our society even though in reality it does.

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  31. I do not agree that selfies can create a person’s confidence.selfies have become a very huge trend in social networks. people take “selfie|” pictures with fuuny characters on their faces like sticking their tongues out and pouting.This does not display their natural selves and it clearly shows that they are not confident enough to be themselves.

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  32. I think that selfies do create confidence. Posting a selfie on social networks can get
    you a lot of positive comments from the public , and that can create confidence.
    Selfies are fun and teenage girls use selfies to express how their feeling or to show off
    a new outfit or to show off a new hairstyle and by dong this it shows how confident
    they are about themselves. Many teenagers have low self esteem and selfies makes them feel pretty and gives them confidence. So I totally agree with the article.

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  33. Selfies definitely portray a low self-esteem driven by the media to take a picture make a funny face and edit the picture so that it looks totally like a different person all to get a bit of attention. It says that the person is not confident enough to show who they really are and will do funny things to get attention. In my opinion it is really sad that people do it.

    By uploading a selfie to the internet exposes the person to abuse to people who comment on it or the opposite, when people like their pictures it creates false confidence of a person you think you are but not and when you meet the person you saw the selfie of, lets say most of the cases the person personality is completely different to what you imagined and concluded from the picture.

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  34. This article sparked my interest because selfies have become a huge part of our trendy modern life, even a song has been released which has attracted 92 791 6889 viewers on Youtube.

    I have to disagree with this article as selfies put forward a false view of what people actually look like and primarily seek approval and attention. Selfies are normally edited making people look very different to what they actually look like in real life. This can lift ones self confidence for a short period of time but then when they are seen in public by people who have viewed their selfies on media, their self confidence can be dropped completely because people will be disappointed because they have a different perspective of what the person actually looks like. This creates a false sense of reality which will emotionally effect the individual.

    In my personal opinion, self confidence is crucial as it promotes self satisfaction in people, consent to truth and cheerfulness, and not be focused on seeking attention, constant approval and love from viewers. Permanent usage of selfies could give rise to emotional disorders like depression, jealousy and paranoia. This does not boost your confidence but rather destructs it which could negatively effect a persons life, their future profession and ones personal development going forward.

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  35. People normally think that “selfies” are perfered by those who have confidence in their appearances. Now, the question is, where does this confidence come from?

    It seems like this post answers the question to the question above. Nowdays, lookism is an issue in our society. People are judged by their appearances and thier confidence is also distinguished by other people’s judgement and descriptions. However, this must not be the case. Beauty starts from loving oneself.

    I strongly agree with the statement in the post: “natural selves and beauty is what people find beautiful.” It is not that confidence that give rise to “selfies” but “selfies” that give rise to confidence.

    I am truly facinated to hear what Residential College in the Arts and Humanities are doing. Giving self-esteem and confidence to little girls is such a meaningful activity. I hope all of us will see the true beauty of ourselves.

    “SELFIES” is real.

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  36. We normally think that “selfies” are prefered by those who have confidence in their appearace. Now, the question is, where does that confidence come from?

    It seems like this post answers the question above. Confidence comes from accepting who we are and finding the natural beauty in ourselves. This is what I felt while reading this post. Actually, I am very facinated about what the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities is doing. Allowing the little girls to see what their true beauty is and giving them confidence of who they really are, is such a meaningful activity.

    I strongly agree with tha saying that natural selves and beauty is what people find beautiful and I hope that all the young ladies will recognize the true beauty they have inside of them.

    “SELFEIS!!” they can do something real.

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  37. Taking selfies is not a way of buildings ones confidence since they are not are true reflection of that person. In fact the crazy poses that one does when taking a selfie proves that they are not confident enough to take a picture of their true reflection. I see selfies as a way of showing everyone in social networks that you are so ashamed of how you look, you actually hide it by pulling a weird pose.

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  38. I fully agree with Lebohang Tefu. I also think selfies promote cyber bulling far more than enhancing young girls’ self esteems. Such social networks have always been a path of cyber bulling of teenagers and this results in of teenagers committing suicide n

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  39. I fully agree with Lebohang Tefu. I also think selfies promote cyber bulling far more than enhancing young girls’ self esteems. Such social networks have always been a path of cyber bulling of teenagers and this results in of teenagers committing suicide

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  40. I personally believe that users of the social media determine whether “selfies” boost or destroy a persons self confidence. Firstly, I believe that merely taking a “selfie” and posting it on a social media website already shows that a person has self confidence. You are basically uploading a picture of yourself onto the world wide web, making it available to the opinions and comments of the entire world. Obviously if people leave flattering comments it will lead to boosting of ones self esteem. However we need to keep in mind that we live in a cruel world. These days people have a very narrow perspective on the subject of beauty. “Hollywood” and the social media depicts what should be accepted as beautiful and people just blindly follow these opinions. Therefore, more often than not, people leave nasty comments aimed at destroying peoples love for themselves. I also believe that people use selfies as a form of expression, and as far as I know, we all have freedom of expression. Therefore people need to learn that if you don not have something nice to say, rather do not say it all. Allow people the freedom to take a selfie, upload it to wherever they like, and to be confident in how they look, and through that gain confidence in who they are.

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  41. “Selfies” for attention seekers or to build confidence? Why do girls need to flaunt themselves on Facebook, Twitter or Istagram to feel good about themselves? The famous recent trend named the “selfie” might be doing more harm than good. Psychologically the “selfie” can ruin a girls life, but how? Media has set certain criteria on how girls need to look and if those criteria are not met, you are simply not good enough! A girls confidence could be built up by a “selfie” but only if the public gives their stamp of approval on how she looks. If there are no “likes” or comments stating how beautiful she is, is she then not accepted by the public? She might and probably will think she isn’t. Surprisingly, studies have been done on “selfies” and doctors and psychiatrists have stated that the “selfie” can be a confidence booster or a confidence destroyer, and this depends on the view of beauty by the social media. I must say I do commend The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities for trying to make girls and women believe they are beautiful but will it actually work? I believe for the girls and women that fit the standards of beauty set by the media it will. But for those who fit into another type of beauty that the public don’t see as beautiful it might do more harm than good.

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  42. I totally agree with this article since I also believe that selfies can create confidence especially to teenage girls. I think taking a selfie is a way to recognize your own beauty. Through the process of viewing your self through the camera and taking different poses to show your beauty and to convey the beauty through the camera lens helps one to realize the true beauty of themselves. When taking a selfie, people tend to try different poses, angles and faces until they reach the final pose in the best angle with the most beautiful face. They get a chance to see themselves in different angles, with different faces which could be much different from their everyday-mirror-view of themselves. This is because when taking a selfie, one intends to upload it on the social media expecting great comments on how beautiful they are. By uploading their favourite selfie on social media and getting many likes and great comments creates confidence as these likes and comments could be a way of people acknowledging their beauty.

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  43. Teenagers, mainly teenage girls, tend to be extremely self-critical concerning the way they look. “Selfies” are seen as a positive contribution to the new generation and the ever evolving society we’re a part of today because it allows one to control their image. By getting good comments about an uploaded “selfie” one’s self confidence is encouraged and young girls, in particular, have a greater self-esteem and see themselves as more worthy. However, getting bad reviews can easily drive a young teenager into a state of not feeling accepted or good enough. Due to society, your self-esteem becomes tied to how many likes your “selfie” receives, what you look like or how you dress and no longer who you are and with social networks, one can get approval of their image in no time at all. Scientifically, this is a good way for youngsters to find their individuality and develop their identity but things can easily get out of control due to over confidence and even worse, terribly mean remarks and eventually cyber bullying. However, at the end of the day, It’s how the situation is handled, but one should be happy with who they are and try to better themselves from within. Your looks are a reflection of who you are as a person, therefore every good person possesses their own form of beauty.

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  44. The selfies that people take can lead to create self confidence but I believe that it can sometimes cause more harm than good to girls.I believe it takes a lot of self confidence to upload a picture on a social media site for the world to see and comment on. When making the choice to put a photo out in the world you must be confident enough with how you look to brush the negative comments of as nothing. BUT the world we live in has taught us that you have to look a certain way to be accepted by the world. Many girls will alter their photos in such a way that they are unrecognizable before they upload it. Also the negative comments which some girls receive when they do upload a selfie lead them to believe that they are not good enough or pretty enough. I do also believe that while uploading selfies takes confidence it also can lead to girls constantly uploading photos in order to get confirmation about how pretty they are so that their self confidence level can be up held.

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  45. The selfies that people take can lead to create self confidence but I believe that it can sometimes cause more harm than good to girls. Yes seflies can create self confidence. I believe it takes a lot of self confidence to upload a picture on a social media site for the world to see and comment on. When making the choice to put a photo out in the world you must be confident enough with how you look to brush the negative comments of as nothing. BUT the world we live in has taught us that you have to look a certain way to be accepted by the world. Many girls will alter their photos in such a way that they are unrecognizable before they upload it. Also the negative comments which some girls receive when they do upload a selfie lead them to believe that they are not good enough or pretty enough. I do also believe that while uploading selfies takes confidence it also can lead to girls constantly uploading photos in order to get confirmation about how pretty they are so that their self confidence level can be up held.

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  46. This was very interesting to read because I have always seen girls posting “selfies” on social networks like Facebook and Instagram. I never knew self-portraits could give a girl self-confidence. In my opinion Most girls believe that social media influences the definition of beauty. They only post selfies because it is a latest trend in society. They want to feel like they are part of something worthwhile. I don’t think that there would be as many selfies if it wasn’t a worldwide trend.

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  47. We live in a society driven by the media and it is all about what the it thing is. The media sets trends and we follow, defines beauty and we work towards reaching the standard of that supposed beauty. Either you like it or not the influence of the media always stares right into you. The question is how does one stray from such influence? It shouldn’t be about what others say but rather what you think about yourself.If one takes a selfie and post it a social network you expect some kind of good comments ,but what happens when one does not receive the expected comments? You will probably be crushed and start looking down on yourself . With this regard I therefore say selfies do not solely build one’s confidence but rather the minute you look yourself in the mirror and say I am beautiful regardless of what others say.

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  48. I beg to differ, selfies do create confidence. A selfie from the given definition is; a photograph that one has taken of one’s self…and uploaded to a social media website. My interest is on the latter, that is uploading the photograph on a social media website. Social websites are platforms where any individual can comment and say almost anything about what ever has been uploaded. This means that one has to build/summon lot’s of confidence to upload a selfie on social media websites because it leaves them vulnerable to criticism. This then creates confidence in that having uploaded the photo it gives one the feeling of accomplishment (uploading the photo despite the possibility of criticism).

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  49. The fact that blood sugar levels can affect your anger levels is very fascinating. Many people have actually done studies in this area and it seems very plausible. In 2010, psychologist Brad Bushman of Ohio State University, Columbus, endeavoured to figure out just what the role of blood sugar is. His studies suggested that higher glucose levels can make strangers less likely to treat each other aggressively. The question is, were these studies worth all the time and money? Not exactly. This study has proven what many people already know through living. It certainly isn’t news to me that hungry people are somewhat cranky. While hunger can, and does, make us cranky, we are humans and humans should make the right choices.

    Much of our daily lives are influenced by what we eat. Either too much sugar, or too much meat, or too much of anything can influence the way we feel and act during the day. Therefore, it is important for people to make sure that they eat the right combination of foods.

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  50. The article holds very strong points in that women and girls alike should not let society determine what beauty is, and that the selfie project will allow girls and women to develop their own self-confidence and self-esteem and allow them to escape the cruel expectations of society. I personally feel that projects like these are well needed and provide millions of people who may be in bad places hope and to see that they can define who they want to be and not have to live up to societies expectations.

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  51. SELFIES!Hilarious,that’s what i think of them.

    Almost everyday I see people taking “selies” with these funny characters on their faces.These characters they make merely defines who they are.Basically they are trying to portray an image that they are not which signifies low self-esteem and confidence levels.If you feel good about yourself,there’s no need to imitate what you can never be.

    Selfies are futile.They give one the platform of being confident in a picture but in reality, its the complete opposite.Typical example,Mbali might take a “crazy” picture of herself but when you meet her personally,you might find that shes this shy person with low confidence levels.

    Selfies are just a way of manipulating a person into thinking that they are confident.

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  52. Selfies are only good for one if he or she already feels good about herself and because they want to post them and put them on the net to get approval from the world. The world might just not give you the feedback that you were expecting and because of that you might just feel worse than you felt before. confidence starts from within when one realizes their own beauty and appreciates it and accepts the fact that people are different and are beautiful in their own ways. Then one will start to appreciate the beauty of others out there! selfies are not the best way to boost a girls self esteem! helping them understand their beauty is what will help them.

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  53. I don’t believe selfies builds confidence. In the world of social networking we live in, it is more likely that people criticise selfies. The chances are much greater that the person’s self-esteem will be damaged than being uplifted by social media.

    Selfies make people more self concise about their looks because of the way the media presents the perfect look or image for either gender. This usually leads to depression. Some take it upon themselves to improve themselves, but most do it in a negative or destructive way.

    Cyber bullying is a real threat when social networking and is one of the easiest ways to lower someone’s self-esteem. Unfortunately there are a lot of people who past their time cyber bullying out there in the world. Therefore it is paramount to only accept people you know on you social media profile, but remember that friends can be brutally honest also.

    It is important that your looks or other people’s views don’t determine your self-esteem.

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  54. Selfies and their correlation with self-esteem is irrefutable but there is great debate concerning their impact: is it good or bad? I firmly believe that you cannot draw a conclusion based on the taking of a picture alone. A selfie isn’t some divine and revolutionary new psychological evolution: it is simply a modern conduit for the very same human emotional needs that we have and have always had. We yearn to seek self-fulfilment and the selfie is another means to this end. Whilst the anonymity of the internet is definitely a whole new social arena, I do not think selfies have a significantly different effect on self-confidence. A great many other social factors play a role in teenage and human social confidence and the development thereof.

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  55. I think selfies mean different things for different people. Some people have more confidence than others, therefore they like taking pictures of themselves just to feel good about themselves when people comment and compliment them on their appearance. On the other hand, i think other people who may not have a much confidence are usually self-conscious and depend on the opinions of other people to tell them how they look. The positive aspects are that an attractive person will feel better about themselves if people keep complimenting them. However, someone who is unattractive might have people saying ugly things to them that could dent their self-esteem. People care too much about what others think about them, that’s why they need reassurance every time. I think selfies on social media is more about trying to impress people and gain their approval rather than improve one’s confidence.

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  56. Selfies? My opinion? Unnecessary. As a person who doesn’t believe in taking a million pictures of myself I disagree with this article. Then again, my disagreement may be taken up as a lack in self confidence. However I believe I have enough confidence in myself to the extent that I don’t need to publicise pictures of myself over Facebook or Twitter or which ever social networking site is in question. To many people who don’t indulge in selfie taking, it appears to be an attention seeking tactic. To the many who take them, it gives them a sense of well-being as they then receive outside approval and hence a boost in confidence.

    However this leaves them vulnerable as they feel drawn to the acknowledgement and then constantly seek out others approval instead of just being themselves and living without the urge to impress others. When looking at the trend of selfies, many try to out do each other with things like make-up or photoshop and picture editing. Selfies don’t build self-confidence, it lowers it. It creates a false sense of confidence. So yes I guess in a sense this article is true, but i’d replace ‘create confidence’ with ‘create false confidence’.

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  57. I do not think that selfies are the best way to enhance young girls’ self-esteem. For the past decade the internet and cellular technology has been one of the main reasons for increasing suicide statistics. Cyber-bullies has increased exponentially over the past five years and their impact are even worse than bullies in school, because these bullies are not just at school, but on your phone, your laptop, thus, inside your home. Selfies create an opportunity for cyber-bullies to harass you even more. It creates an environment where people judge others and also compare their beauty to others, which can lead to feelings of depression, rather than self-esteem being boosted.

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  58. So,If a person take a ‘selfie’…

    Is he/she necessarily selfish?
    If he/she only takes his/her best view,What is wrong with that?Who would want to take a photo of him or herself at their worst view?Not even a mad person can do that.
    Furthermore,If a person uploads it on a social network,that person would obviously hope to get positive and encouraging comments.

    All in all,every person wants their ego to be boosted and everyone is selfish.It all depends on how you want to boost your esteem otherwise,’selfies’ are just one way of expressing a persons ‘pride’.So if you think you are not selfish,then you lie because you thinking about yourself right now!

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  59. “selfies” do not build confidence at all, wait until you put your “selfie” online and receive negative comments from honest friends and see if that person will be fine with that,or they will jump to surgeries. This study still needs to do more research on this however one would argue that the fact that people are self-assured to put their “selfies” online isconfidence enough therefore the study might actually be heading in the right direction.

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  60. A person that is able to take a picture of themselves and post it on social networks, either has great confidence or believes that people will less likely give a negative response. I believe that one has to assure themselves first that everyone else with access to that particular platform finds no reason to ridicule them based on the “selfie”. People often go to great lengths to assure themselves. For example, some will edit the photo, use photo-shop(a popular one) and often post a picture that does not belong to them. Nevertheless a “selfie” builds some much needed confidence but if and only if it receives the right amount of likes or a fair share of good comments. The consistency of positive responses them builds the confidence of an individual, that often has a low self-esteem.

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  61. “Selfies” are more than just a trend…they are here to stay. I personally don’t have a problem with taking a selfie because I believe it allows you to control your image and lets the world see you in your best pose. I just want to remind people that if you upload a “selfie” on social networks no matter how many likes or comments you get people only comment based on how you look and not based on who you are. Even if it might give you a confidence boost it is all because of you are letting people see the side of you that you want them to see.

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  62. Selfies began long before the media gave it this huge platform or even Oxford Dictionaries made it the word of the year due to its popularity. The question which has been debated for many years is whether they do improve one’s self esteem or not?. Well due to the research done as mentioned in this article is that, it does improve it in a way as it is a form of expression.

    Many selfies end up online and this either boost one’s self esteem or becomes something that completely destroys a hopeful person’s confidence. Receiving comments or likes on a selfie is viewed by many to be some form of achievement or more like an approval from the society that they are worth it and beautiful enough.

    To be honest selfies are just harmful as much as this article may try to contradict this fact, particularly with the media involved. They actually encourage people particularly young girls that it is the physical appearance that matters and not your personality, behaviour or even your true potential. Many people feel pressured more than ever to do numerous plastic surgeries just to fix their imperfections (which makes them unique) due to being rejected by the social circle. This for a hopeful person depletes their self-esteem because no matter how much they may try to change in order to look beautiful , they will never be satisfied with themselves due to someone receiving more likes on twitter or Facebook than them thus making them feel less valued, beautiful or even worse depressed.

    Rather than being about looks it should be about someone’s personality and what they have to offer in this world to improve it for the better. Do you think that Mother Teresa woke up every morning worried about her makeup or whether people would like her dress or not? No, instead she worried about others and for that she is still loved by many because not for her beauty but for her kindness, generosity and love that she offered to people who needed it the most. This must be something that should be properly taught to people and most importantly that the only person who has the ability to either boost or destroy your confidence is you.

    Many may disagree and conclude that people particularly the media has the power to degrade your confidence but by the end of the day it is only you who makes an introspection and decides whether you should listen and allow their hurtful words bully you or simply accept yourself for who you are and focus on fulfilling your purpose in life.

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  63. I totally disagree with the article above. From my point of view these selfies attract positive remarks from friends because usually people post pictures of their best moments and sometimes pictures of fun that is made up, therefore they gain false confidence that is received from positive comments. But when someone who knows their true beings comments negatively about them, all of that confidence gained from selfies can easily fade away because its true anyway

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  64. I agree that it is not “selfies” which build or lower the confidence of teenage girls, but rather the social media platforms on which the girls display it. However, I also believe that “selfies” can have both negative and positive impacts on teenage girls, as well as boys. “Selfies” can give one confidence in their appearance if positive feedback like compliments are received on social networks in response to the “selfie”. I think that the project was a good idea to help young girls realize how beautiful they really are.
    However, the negative side to “selfies” is that some young girls strive for ‘perfection’ in their selfies, and can never seem to find it in themselves, and bring themselves down if they do not believe that they look beautiful enough. Girls and boys alike should be happy with who they are, and stop striving to be someone they aren’t.

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  65. Selfies…Question at hand is “Do they create self-confidence?” Well my question is if one should be selfish on the road to self-confidence? Let me give you a scenario , a group of friends take a picture, of the 3 members, 1 is comfortable with their appearance in the photo, in fact, she could be the only one who’s ‘photo-genetic’ as they like to put it. Is it right of her to decide to post the picture on whatever social network just because of her sole comfort with the ‘selfie’? I mean, it is a group photo, right? Or is she just abusing the term ‘selfie’? Turning it to a selfie in the sense that it’s all about ” me myself and I”. Just because she’s confident does not mean the rest of the group is. Getting comments directed only to you in a group photo makes no sense to me. Might as well crop the rest of the group members out and make it a real ‘selfie’. All I’m saying is, if it’s a confident booster, let it boost everyone’s confidence, or do not post it at all. Just because it’s called a selfie does not mean you should be selfish…Consider the rest give your SELF a rest.

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  66. “selfies” do have an impact on how young girls view their beauty.However it does not necessarily create confidence in general because we also realize some teenagers receive negative feedback from the media.I also agree to the fact that it is the positive feedback from the media about “the selfies” which creates confidence.Due to this fact most females now rely on what other people have to say about their beauty rather than what they think about their beauty. This is problematic because now teenage girls live to impress others through “selfies” in order to gain confidence. Whereas they are the ones in control over their lives.

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  67. In actual effect “selfies” have existed long before social media platforms, we just recently noticed it. Fact is, it is not the “selfies” that build or lower our confidence, but the social media platforms on which we display it. It is most common under girls to experience the impact on their confidence, be it negative or positive, but “selfies” also apply to boys. In the end it is your choice to display these “selfies” on social media, thus confidence is build from positive comments but it isn’t necessarily lowered by negative comments. In most cases it is caused by receiving no comments at all!

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  68. I do not totally agree that “selfies” can create confidence,as it increase the risk of cyber bullying which contribute to low-esteem.The “selfies” project it’s a great idea but I personally think 2 out of 5 individuals will benefit from it.Confidence is trusting in your natural beauty and embracing it without fear.A woman’s beauty is her heart (within) not just her looks

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  69. “Selfies” are basically self expressions. Teenagers usually only post pictures on social media which they perceive to be their best ones. This usually attracts positive remarks from friends and is therefore considered as confidence boosters. I don’t actually agree with the statement as it isn’t usually your true self that is reflected in selfies, most of them are edited in some way before posting. So I think it is a false sense of confidence that is gained. Also these days, selfies are a way of showing off to friends and family where you have been or what you bought, so it is now a source for malicious remarks from less fortunate friends. So no, I don’t think selfies are actually a confidence booster, its a way to advertise yourself , and not always in a good way

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  70. Taking your own picture have become so common, we even invented a new word for it. I think “selfies” can be both positive and negative. The positive side as discussed in the article is that they give girls or even boys confidence in their appearance. This confidence is gained by compliments they recieve by other people on social networks. It is good to let young girls express themselves through selfies and the project mentioned in the article is a way to do so. The negative side however is that some young girls “edit” their selfies if they are not happy with the way they look . I think this is wrong. Girls should be happy with their natural beauty and shouldn’t try to change themselves. Girls also often get jealous of other girls’ pictures and this can lead to bullying and depression. Girls should always be happy with who they are and remember that true beauty comes from whitin.

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  71. The media is always making young girls feel bad for not looking a particular way. This can even lead to girls bullying each other because of the way they look. Selfies indirectly help young girls to feel good about themselves because the picture is taken by them and they like the way they look in that picture which gives them the courage to put it out there on different social media platforms. The (hopefully positive) feedback received on these social media platforms is what gives the girls confidence. It is, however, a huge risk because some rude individual may feel the need to insult girls thus giving the girls’ egos and self-esteems an earth-shattering blow (unless the girl is sure of herself and does not care what others think though this is rarely the case amongst teenage girls).

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