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Selfies And Social Media Playing Big Role In Beauty Conversation

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WMDT 47 News - A recent study conducted by Dove found 62% of women feel that they're responsible for influencing their own definition of beauty. In a world of technology, it appears selfies and social media are playing a big role in the beauty conversation.

It's the Selfie craze! Check Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and they're all over your feed!

"When you get on Instagram, it's like, oh my god! 60 people have liked your picture!" Kayleigh Sawyer of Cecil Co. Md. said.

"I look in the mirror and I'm looking so pretty, I'm like yeah this deserves a selfie," freshman at Salisbury University Belleh Asaha said.

"If you get a lot of likes, you feel real popular," junior at Salisbury University Christopher Bradley said.

So why do so many people obsess over these personal snapshots? Licensed psychologist Dr. Kathy Seifert says selfies can give you a boost of confidence, but they can also feed into your insecurities.

"Everybody wants to be liked, to be popular. It's just a new technological way of presenting and promoting yourself. So while it's good for some people, it may not be good for everybody. It might diminish the self-esteem of somebody who doesn't get as many likes," she said.

In Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty, a seven minute documentary titled "Selfie" aims to help women redefine their own beauty and see that insecurity often lies beneath the photo.

"Now with technology, you can edit them. It kind of makes you look better. It makes people think you look better too," sophomore at Salisbury University Melissa Muth said.

"I usually take them from a certain angle --facing upwards and tilted to the side," Asaha said.

"You pick what people see than real life, where people see everything," freshman at Salisbury University Morgan Carroll said.  

Dr. Seifert warns, that's where it could get dangerous.

"I think it's covering up our imperfections. Really you should like yourself and then say, look at me world! You know, I really like myself! And that's when people really like you-- is when you like yourself."

So be happy with who you are and snap away!

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