The purpose of this research is to analyze the differences between women and men and their selfies on the popular social media application Instagram. Past research and notions in popular culture show that women take more selfies than men do, and that they place more time and effort into their selfies than men do. The goal is to show that women may not solely do the action of taking and posting selfies and that the stereotype of taking and posting selfies being a feminine action should not be prevalent. We conducted a thorough visual content analysis of selfies on Instagram taken and posted by twelve of the most notorious celebrities who take selfies, including Kim Kardashian-West, Justin Bieber, LeBron James, and Kylie Jenner. Through research that on self-portraits in art history and through detailed analysis of the selfies of both the female and male celebrities, the research demonstrates that the stereotype of only women taking and posting selfies on social media is transient.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Communications
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Elinzano, Maureen Grace, "But First, Let Me Take a Selfie: A Content Analysis of Female and Male Celebrity Selfies on Instagram" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 6788.
selfies, social media, Instagram, gender, stereotype