Research Nugget 1

Link #1 :

  • Sifferlin, Alexandra. “Why Selfies Matter |” Time. Time,    06 Sept. 2013. Web. 02 July 2014.
  • The main point of Alexandra Sifferlin’s article is to show how selfies can be used a positive solution for fixing young teens’ self-image. The idea of a selfie is to be able to express your mood, feelings, and experiences all in one picture. THe saying ” A picture is worth a thousand words” really does apply to the idea of a “selfie”. By posting selfies on Instagram or Facebook, it can allow for teens to show how comfortable they are in their skin.
  • Nugget: “But increasingly, other experts say that selfies can also be a window into deeper adolescent issues. With Facebook becoming a prominent resource in young people’s’ therapy sessions, they could provide a useful jumping off point for addressing a teen’s or young adult’s self-perceptions. In cases where the patients find it hard to open up about issues, selfies could be a way for therapists to break the ice and start a dialogue about what the teen was feeling when the self-portrait was taken, or why he snapped the picture in the first place. “Scientific studies are gathering more information about the use of social media to help professionals recognize these as avenues to identify, support, and help young folks who may otherwise not receive this kind of attention,” says Letamendi. “Psychologically speaking, there may be some benefit to participating in sharing selfies because this practice is interwoven in our social culture and is a way to interact socially with others.”

The idea of a “selfie” can help explain why young teens have problems with their self-image. It can also explain a lot about a person and their life. By using selfies on social medias, it can help improve teens’ self-image because it is allowing the media to display pictures of teens comfortable with the way they look. Also they don’t need to look a certain way in order to take a selfie.

  • Nugget: “Even apart from situations where selfies can inform emotional or behavioral problems, for example, the material that children and adolescents view online — selfies included — can be influential in molding their sense of self. Research has shown that adults make emotional connections to what they see posted online, and that their behaviors and decisions are influenced by how peers in their social network are interacting. People often feel envy, loneliness and generally worse about themselves after perusing their friends’ party pictures, for instance, and the latest research, published this week in the Journal of Adolescent Health, suggests that teens are more likely to engage in risky activities like smoking and drinking if they see their friends doing it in photos.”

The idea of a selfie has become an asset to life, seeing how we have made social medias a main part of our lives.  Posting a self online and waiting to see how many likes or what kind of comments you will get, is the riskier part of posting pictures on the social network. We feed off of what our friends say, whether it is a compliment or them being honest and saying ” that wasn’t a great choice to put up”.


Link #2

  • Winter, Jessica. “Here’s Why Instagram Is Even More Depressing than Facebook.” Slate Magazine. The Slate Group, 23 July 2013. Web. 01 July 2014.
  • Jessica Winter makes an excellent point about the relationship between Instagram and self-esteem. She also talks about the main difference between Facebook and Instagram. Because Instagram is more photo-based, it allows for people to become more emotional when it comes to social media because of the fact that people are looking and judging on a daily basis or however often people decide to post a picture.
  • Nugget:”Krasnova’s research has led her to define what she calls an “envy spiral” peculiar to social media. “If you see beautiful photos of your friend on Instagram,” she says, “one way to compensate is to self-present with even better photos, and then your friend sees your photos and posts even better photos, and so on. Self-promotion triggers more self-promotion, and the world on social media gets further and further from reality.” Granted, an envy spiral can unspool just as easily on Facebook or Twitter. But for a truly gladiatorial battle of the selfies, Instagram is the only rightful Colosseum.”

To boost your own self-esteem/ self-promotion, people will try to  post better pictures than their friends in order to get the acceptance that they need. A selfie can either make or break a person’s self-image by the feed backed received. To people, their friends’ opinions and comments on a picture does matter because it helps re-assure them that they are accepted in society.

  • Nugget: “A closer look at Facebook studies also supports an untested but tantalizing hypothesis: that, despite all the evidence, Facebook is actually not the greatest underminer at the social-media cocktail party (that you probably weren’t invited to, but you saw the pictures and it looked incredible). Facebook is not the frenemy with the most heads. That title, in fact, goes to Instagram. Here’s why”

The impact that Instagram is more powerful than Facebook’s. This is mostly because of the differences between each sites main purpose. Posting pictures ( Instagram ) is more influential to a person’s self-image rather than status updates about where people just took a vacation (Facebook). A picture can make or break a person, along with the comments and amount of likes.

Link #3

  • Walker, Melissa. “The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected Consequences of Selfie Obsession.” Teenvogue Content. Teen Vogue, 11 Sept. 2013. Web. 03 July 2014.
  • The main idea of Melissa Walker’s article is about the main purpose of a selfie. Posting selfies can help “validate” your existence / identity. It was also to explain that if you post multiple selfies on Instagram then you suffer from a poor self-image
  • Nugget: “Part of the reason for their popularity?”The cult of the selfie celebrates regular people,” says Pamela Rutledge, Ph.D., faculty director of the media psychology program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. “There are many more photographs available now of real people than models.” And posting selfies is an empowering act for another reason: It allows you to control your image online. “I am painfully self-conscious about photos of myself,” admits Samantha, nineteen, from Missouri. “I like having the power to choose how I look, even if I’m making a funny face”

The idea of a selfie provides comfort to most teens because it provides re-assurance that it is okay to look the way they do. This is becoming the main solution to boosting teens self-image. ANTM can help promote a positive self -image by uploading “selfies” of the models on the show.



SYNTHESIS : All three articles relate to one another, in a since that they all talk about the “selfies” and how Instagram plays a bigger role in teens’ lives than Facebook. Its more important because it is a site solely based on photo sharing, “likes”, comments, and “selfies”. The amount of likes and comments received on each picture helps either increase or decrease a teen’s self-image. Instagram is more of the social enemy than Facebook. These articles are supporting my solution to the problem of creating poor self-images. If ANTM decided to post personal “selfies” of the models on their Facebook and Instagram pages, instead of just posting professional pictures. After  re-reading my Concept#3 and learning how much the new media plays with our emotions , i can see that media and our emotions are closely related.

One thought on “Research Nugget 1”

  1. HI Destini,
    You chose three interesting sources! However, one was required to be scholarly and you didn’t do that. The synthesis is the most important part of this assignment, so in future research nuggets, be sure to really show the specific connections between the sources you are using. In future nuggets, you can also connect to sources prior to that particular nugget assignment.

    You wrote, “If ANTM decided to post personal “selfies” of the models on their Facebook and Instagram pages, instead of just posting professional pictures.” I think you forgot to finish that important thought.

    Good job on your citations!

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