McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

What your selfie says about you

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This video looks at the increasingly prevalent connection between social media and mental health, in particular the effects of taking selfies on mood, body image and self-esteem. A study presented in the video postulates that selfie-taking behaviour is concomitant with body checking behaviour, body dissatisfaction and overall vulnerability when it comes to mental health-related issues.

— Video by Farah Al Faraj, Sarah Qureishi, Ingrid Kao and Neel Patel


  • Balakrishnan, J., & Griffiths, M. D. (2017). An Exploratory Study of "Selfitis" and the Development of the Selfitis Behavior Scale. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 16(3), 722–736.
  • Dhir, A., Pallesen, S., Torsheim, T., & Andreassen, C. S. (2016). Do age and gender differences exist in selfie-related behaviours? Computers in Human Behavior, 63, 549–555.
  • Mills, J. S., Musto, S., Williams, L., & Tiggemann, M. (2018). "Selfie" harm: Effects on mood and body image in young women. Body Image, 27, 86–92.