Selfies, Social Media, Facades

An 18 year old who spends 17 hours each day on social media went offline for 7 days.

Through this study, it was found that there were positives and negatives to this experiment.


  • Teens found more productive things to do
  • More homework was done
  • Interacted with their family more
  • Gained more sleep


  • Anxiety
  • Boredom
  • Felt like they were falling behind on what was going on around them

The longest any of the teens spent off social media was 28 days and 18 hours – her life was more together after undergoing this withdrawal.

Within society today, the selfie is linked to social media, especially through services such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Vine. Selfies are used a lot in order to present yourself to others within social media and there are special services like filters that enhance the appearance on a person. Without this technology, people will always find their imperfections through a normal camera hence showing that selfies in social media is inseparable as topics.
Although these points are mainly for social media, selfies form a large base of this hence the points relating to both as well.

Pop Artist Andy Warhol had done screen testings capturing different reactions from celebrities, friends, and people he thought had a ‘star potential’.
Many of Warhol’s work reflects upon aspects of Pop Culture and celebrities was one of the main basis of his works and obsession.
The basis of this project was to ask a person to sit in front of a camera and Warhol would leave it recording for two and a half minutes. With no instructions of what to do, people react differently towards being left there in isolation. One example would be where the first woman starts crying.
Through standards, people will act a certain way towards being told what to do but in this study, people have different ways of reacting to this and their persona is broken down to the reality that is solitude.
This particular persona can also be presented through the selfie in how we put one up in order to deceive. Reflecting this concept within selfies, we too put up the persona in order to present to others but showing the reality behind the persona is something worth looking into executing on others as an outcome.

A quote from the Obsessed Magazine stated “We strive to reach unattainable standards that fulfil the mainstream definition of ‘perfection’.” People find that using a form of facade gives them a ‘short-lived self-esteem boost.’ But if you consider the reality of life and time itself, is it a perfect selfie really achieving anything in the long term?

The article refers to Kylie Jenner and the large number of followers she has gained from celebrity status. On Instagram, she projects a glamorous life of beauty, parties, money, yet on her show ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’, she attends school wearing sweatpants, highlighting her real life compared to the life she portrays in the media.

Within this study, there is an ironic mockery towards the reality of Jenner as a celebrity in how she presents herself to others through social media as a glamorous diva yet contrasts with what she really wears thus enhancing the thought in which we present ourselves so well to others online, realistically lying to them about our real selves.

In order for young people to fit in, we try to portray ‘perfectly happy and trendy facades because that’s what we see others doing.’ Therefore, this becomes the norm of society and what is expected in the online world. – Page 9

Within selfie culture, this portrayal is applied there as well in copying the effects of what others are doing. Alike the study of Jenner’s article, we idolise celebrities and copy their every actions. It is a dangerous culture to live in as more people are creating a facade without realising but it is something that people find normal…

Heather Day says that the selfies form of low-level (or high-level) narcissism gives us a boost of confidence (or not) when we need it.

Through each generation it becomes noticeable that selfies just fit about everyone in some particular way, sharing something in common to the first predecessor, the painted portrait.

To Heather, selfies should capture us in a moment, and our exact whereabouts.

‘Many artists also painted self-portraits to control how they were perceived by others and how they perceived themselves.’

Maybe selfies are necessary. Maybe we have to live a world where we need to become narcissistic. Maybe it’s a good thing that selfies existed.
Although it seems that selfies are becoming more of a factor towards degenerate cultures, it could be that we will end up using selfies as a part of a photo album in storing memories, similar to Kim K’s selfie book.
It is something people find silly but in the future, maybe society will end up finding it to be the social norm and the it’ll end up being the avante-garde of high culture.