"Travel Selfies on Social Media as objectified self presentation" Seong Ok Lyu
Seong Ok Lyu completed a study on the pyschological impacts of "travel selfies." The study uses a sample of Korean female tourists.
Earlier research (e.g., Aubrey, 2006; Tiggemann & Williamson, 2000) revealed that women are more sensitive to having others' look at their appearance than men. The objectification theory provides a holistic picture for understanding how women treat their appearance as objects that are evaluated by others' perspectives (Fredrickson & Roberts, 1997). A large proportion of women who are engaged in self-objectification, which results from internalizing sociocultural beauty ideals, habitually monitor their appearance and perceive shame about their physical selves (McKinley & Hyde, 1996). Self-objectification is also known to lead to several problematic outcomes like depression, eating disorders, and self-harm behaviors (Calogero, Davis, & Thompson, 2005).
The purpose of the study was to determine the effects that travel selfies can have on the minds of those who take the pictures, and those who view the pictures.