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Connections: Understanding selfie culture

Nov 7, 2017

Do you take selfies? Do you own a selfie stick? Do you use the hashtag "#selfie" frequently? If you answered "no" to any of these questions, maybe you agree with critics of selfies, who say they are all about narcissism. But is that unfair?

Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology say we are putting selfies in too small of a box. We talk to them about the history and future of selfies, the motivations behind them, and what they tell us about ourselves. In studio:

  • Amanda Kearney, RIT graduate student whose thesis was entitled “Uses and Gratification of Posting Selfies on Social Media”
  • Jonathan Schroeder, professor in the School of Communication at RIT