Mirror Mirror on the Wall – The Selfie and the Psychological Impact on our Teens

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Selfie2The urbandictionary defines a Selfie as: ‘A picture taken of yourself and uploaded to Facebook, or other social media sites. You can usually see the person’s arm holding out the camera. A selfie is usually accompanied by a kissy or duck face or the individual looking in a direction that is not towards the camera’.

It has become the ubiquitous signature pic of today’s teen.  But why?

In an article on mashable, Andrea Letamendi, a Doctor of Psychology at UCLA says that the opinion of others is an integral part of our identity development. The Snow White “looking-glass self” is a psychological concept that suggests we develop our sense of self based on the perceptions of those we interact with.  Teens in particular, seek the validation of other teens to establish a sense of identity.

In our day ‘those we interact(ed) with’ were limited to a few. Their ability to give an opinion was equally limited in terms…

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