Features

XXII.4 July - August 2015
Page: 34
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The practice of selfies


Authors:
Angelica Svelander, Mikael Wiberg

Selfies—commonly understood as those shallow pictures taken with no preparation, no thought behind them, no careful editing, no thoughtful posing, and no other purpose than showing off one’s look. But is this really an accurate description of the practice of selfies? Here we elaborate on this practice and its implications for design. We demonstrate that it is not an act of narcissism, nor is it tied to a single individual. On the contrary, selfies need to be understood as a social practice, the result of a long and thoughtful process governed by three mechanisms: social calibration, social probing, and social…




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