What Do Selfies Say about Young Kuwaitis?

What Do Selfies Say about Young Kuwaitis?

 

YOUSEF ALFAILAKAWI
Kuwait University, Kuwait

Media Watch 9 (2) 167-181, 2018

DOI: 10.15655/mw/2018/v9i2/49388

 

Taking a selfie as a social phenomenon is a way that people try to feel better about themselves. Selfies say us something important about the people who take them, and then share them and offer useful insights into the uses of social media in general. It seems that young Kuwaitis are obsessed with taking selfies. Young Kuwaitis, especially females, do not feel good about themselves and how they look. They are very concerned about their online self-image. These young Kuwaitis, especially females, are in danger because their self-esteem is bound to the ‘comments’ and ‘likes’ they receive when they post selfies. It can be said that young Kuwaitis, especially females, are narcissists. It is apparent that narcissistic individuals would be keener than others to take selfies, edit those pictures, post the most attractive ones on social media, keep track of the ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ for those pictures, and get worried when they do not get the desired feedback.