The history of selfless is commonly associated with the evolution of mobile hones and the advent of social media. As more and more companies produced sophisticated mobile phones with built in cameras and internet web-access, many people have been greatly encouraged to take photos and post them online using these handy devices. This increasing habit is further fostered by the introduction of social networks, defined as internet service sites where people can contact each other and share online content and media.

Examples of social network sites include Friends and Namespace, both are now obsolete but have preceded the likes of Backbone, Twitter, and Instating which are arguably the most popular networks to date. Although these sites have different specific purposes, they have one common feature. People can share photos where their contacts can see them and make comments on the images. Such developments lead to the general pervading inclination of taking self- portraits, now coined as selfless, a phenomenon so popular that in 2013, it has been declared by Oxford English dictionary as the “word of the year. BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY Selfless is very prevalent because aside from the fact that almost anyone can do it easily, it gives people the opportunity and the control as to how they resent themselves. Many selfless are intended to present a flattering image of a person, especially to friends or online contacts whom the person expects to be supportive. A poll commissioned by smartened and camera-maker Samsung has found that thirty percent of the photos taken by people aged eighteen to twenty four were selfless.

Such study confirms the wide popularity of this practice with young people. This also owes to the fact that majority of the social media users are the youth. However, over the past few years, many articles have surfaced and implied hat selfless were making people narcissistic and also often associated the practice with other negative behaviors. Is selfless culture healthy or unhealthy? Is the young generation in danger?

It is the Objective Of this study to find out whether the phenomenon is creating a positive or a negative effect on a particular group of young people, specifically on how they define or perceive themselves. STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM: Selfless culture is widespread among the 4th year high school students of La Consolation College in Riga City, just as it is popular among young individuals elsewhere in general. Given the current prevailing view on selfless, does this practice pose actual serious issues on the students’ self-perception?

Answer is needed if we want to avoid such threats that can lead to potential negative effects. Scope AND DELIMITATION’S: This study only focuses on the effects of selfless culture on the students’ self- perception and does not cover other issues such as other facets of their social behaviors, their perception of other people, and other psychological matters that might be related to the phenomenon. The study also only indicates whether their self-perception is good or bad, as fleeted in their answers to a few sets of questionnaire.

The population of this research is limited to a group of 4th year high school students of La Consolation College in Riga City, both males and females, with age ranging from 15- 17 years old. The timeline of this research is March 2015, within the school year. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY: The significance of this research is that it can provide a potential information that we can use as valuable knowledge in understanding how selfless culture affects the young people in terms of how they perceive themselves.

By doing this study, we can gauge whether or not such practice actually poses serious threat to the youth, as many personal problems arise and originate from self-perception. If successful and relevant, this research can lead to further studies regarding the topic that can be useful in the future. DEFINITION OF TERMS: Selfless -? As previously stated in the introduction of this paper, it is defined as an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital, phone camera or tablet camera, for the purpose of posting on social network.

Social Network – For the relevance of this study, social network is defined as internet-based service sites where people can contact each other and share online content and media. Self-Perception – In Merriam Webster dictionary, self-perception is defined as the idea that one has off kind person one is. The Psychology dictionary defines it as a person’s view of himself and of any mental or physical attribute that makes up the self. REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE: Selfless as Negative As originally published in Bangkok post, the popular trend among youngster is now linked to mental and low self-esteem disorders.

It is said to cause addiction and negative impact on them. The Thai Mental Health Department has warned those obsessed with this trend that it could have a negative impact on their life and work. Many post photographs of themselves online in a bid to seek approval and attention, department deputy director-general Panpipes Whippoorwill said. She claimed such behavior could lead to mental health problems in the future, especially related to self-confidence, and this could unexpectedly cause a negative effect on a person’s everyday life, future career and even the country’s development.

A selfless creates an impact, more or less, on one’s everyday life, depending on each individual. Posting photos [on social network sites] to seek approval and ‘likes’ from peers as a reward is normal human nature. Whatever people do and then get rewarded for it, they will do again,” Dry Panpipes said. “But the reward has varying degrees of emotional effects on each individual. Some people are happy after sharing a selfless and getting few likes, while others expect as many likes as possible and become addicted to being liked. Conversely, if they feel they don’t get enough likes for their selfless as expected, they decide to post another, but still do not receive a good response. This could affect their thoughts. They can lose self-confidence and have a negative attitude toward themselves, such as feeling dissatisfied with themselves or their body. “Paying too much attention to one’s shared selfless by continuing to check on who sees or comments on them in the hope of getting the most likes as possible is a sign that selfless are causing problems for them, including a possible lack of self-confidence,” Dry Panpipes said.

Similarly in a special report from Fox Boston. Com, it stated that in recent years the number of teenagers having cosmetic and plastic surgery has increased significantly. They do it to fit in, to stop being bullied, to look like celebrities, and, a trend gaining popularity: To have a better selfless. Achieving the perfect selfless has turned into an obsession, one that’s gone beyond photo filters and good lighting. A growing number of today’s teens are turning to cosmetic and plastic surgery just to have a better selfless.

Many may think it’s crazy, that teens are just too young to alter their appearance, especially for a photo. And what parent or doctor would allow it? But, doctors, like Ulysses Lender say lip fillers, eyebrow fillers, and cheekbone enhancement’s are common procedures, and dictated by social media pressures understand the role social media could play in a teens decision “They’ve got peacetime, Instating, they have Snatch they have to be camera ready 24-7,” said Dry. Lender. “They want do whatever they can do to look their best all the time. ” And selfless don ;t stop with the face. Ever body wants these. Lo or the Kim Sardinian butt,” Dry. Lender said. Butt implants have become a selfless craze, with teens even traveling to other countries for a bigger booty. Maria Wood, mother of three and owner of fashion focus in Pembroke, is dedicated to empowering teens and building confidence through inward beauty. “l think it is scary,” she said, adding that the “selfless generation” is unrealistic, and drawing the line begins at home. “They may think its going to make them look prettier, and more popular and everybody’s going to like them, but in reality there’s a backlash.

They’ll then be judged for being so vain. ” With celebrities posting perfect, unattainable, sometimes photodiodes images, the selfless obsession continues to grow, and teens will continue to plump, cut, and inject themselves, all to be “liked. ” “If I post a selfless up and I go to school and I know that people liked it, and see those people at school, every time you see that person in the hallway you feel confident – like Oh that person thinks I look good – so its all about the likes,” Louise said.

Dry. Lender said that although she hasn’t seen an abnormal spike in teem looking to enhance themselves though her doors here, it is popular in TTL territorial cities like Miami, New York and Los Angels, and that since Boston generally lags behind a few years, the trend could hit here soon According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, parental consent f any plastic surgery is required for anyone under the age of 18.