2013年，牛津大學正式創造了“自拍”一詞，在目前的情況下，這個詞的意思是用移動設備或ipad等電腦設備給自己拍照的行爲(Saltz, 2014)。美國智庫皮尤研究中心(Pew Research center)在2014年發佈的一份報告顯示，91%以上的受訪青少年聲稱自己曾自拍。強調這些方面的原因是爲了關注這樣一個事實:自拍的概念或行爲是如何在年輕人的腦海中根深蒂固的，尤其是12-21歲的年輕人。有幾篇報道巧妙地提到，癡迷於自拍的人更像是自戀者，這在本質上是令人擔憂的。本研究的目的是深入分析自拍的概念及其對英美等國年輕一代心理的影響(Wendt, 2014)。最近，出現了一些令人擔憂的事件，如自拍時發生的致命事故等。這種趨勢清楚地表明，很大一部分人，尤其是年輕一代，對自拍的態度過於嚴肅。
In year 2013 Oxford officially coined the term ‘Selfie’, which in present scenario means an act of taking photograph of ourselves with help of mobile or computing devices such as iPads etc. (Saltz, 2014). An American think tank known as Pew Research Centre, released a report in 2014 that more than 91% of the teenagers surveyed claimed that they have taken selfies. Reason behind highlighting these aspects is to focus upon the fact that how the concept or act of taking a selfie has got embossed in the mind of youngsters, especially from age group 12-21. There have been several reports, which subtly mentions people obsessed with selfies phenomenon as more of a narcissist which is alarming in nature. Purpose of this research is to closely analyze the concept of selfie, and its impact on the psyche on the young generation in countries like UK or US (Wendt, 2014). Off the late, there have been alarming incidents such as fatal accidents while taking selfies etc. Such trends clearly indicate the fact that a large part of population, especially the young generation is taking the act of taking selfie bit too seriously.
Hence this research will delve in different aspects related to selfie, such as origin of this concept, reason behind its popularity, negative or positive impacts etc. Moreover by the end of this research work, reader should be able to comprehend that whether or not, selfies has negative impact on the psyche of the young generation. If yes, then is there any solution out of it? All such questions and aspects will be explored as part of this research work. As part of research, main focus will be on the academic journals, peer reviewed journals, literatures written on this subject, based on which scholar/researcher will interpret the facts, and include his own understanding to derive a clearer picture about the subject selected for the research.