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ABSTRACT. I draw on a substantial body of theoretical and empirical research on the production and consumption of selfies on photo-sharing social media platforms, and to explore this, I inspected, used, and replicated survey data from BLS, FHEHealth, and GfK, performing analyses and making estimates regarding how social media impacts the way U.S. adults see themselves (%), selfies versus other activities (hours spent annually), factors that shape body image for U.S. men and women (%), which body types are represented the most and least in social media (%), and whether U.S. adults become more or less confident about their bodies over time on social media. Structural equation modeling was used to analyze the data and test the proposed conceptual model.

Keywords: digital subjectivity; selfie; photo-sharing social media platform; personality

How to cite: Sion, Grațiela (2019). “Constructing Human Body as Digital Subjectivity: The Production and Consumption of Selfies on Photo-Sharing Social Media Platforms,” Review of Contemporary Philosophy 18: 150–156. doi:10.22381/RCP1820199

Received 18 March 2019 • Received in revised form 7 July 2019
Accepted 9 July 2019 • Available online 29 July 2019

Grațiela Sion
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Spiru Haret University, Bucharest, Romania

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