Show your best self(ie): An exploratory study on selfie-related motivations and behavior in emerging adulthood

Nadia A.J.D. Bij de Vaate*, Jolanda Veldhuis, Jessica M. Alleva, Elly A. Konijn, Charlotte H.M. van Hugten

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Although self-presentation has been studied for decades, social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook have produced novel opportunities for visual online self-presentation. Posting selfies is currently a popular mode of consciously constructing visual online self-presentations, yet most prior research is limited to selfie-posting alone. This study aimed to profile selfie-makers’ motivations and behavior, and examine the extent to which underlying mechanisms preceding selfie-posting are interconnected. Results of a survey (N = 224; 79.9% females; Mage = 21.66, SDage = 2.08) regarding selfie-behavior on SNS (e.g., Facebook and Instagram) characterized selfie-makers in emerging adulthood as mainly concerned with the social aspects of selfies. Entertainment and moment-retention were identified as main motivations for selfie-making. Findings supported the proposed Selfie-Stadium Model, representing various steps of selfie-taking and underlying motives as well as selection and editing before actual posting. This study on profiling selfie-makers and their self-presentation taps into a fairly new media use research domain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1392-1407
Number of pages16
JournalTelematics and Informatics
Issue number5
Early online date16 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018


  • Emerging adulthood
  • Online self-presentation
  • Selfie-behavior
  • Selfie-maker profile
  • Selfies
  • Social media


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