1 Communications Department, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Bandung, Indonesia
2 Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam, Malaysia
This study is aimed at exploring the motivation and impression management strategies of “Instagram Stories” users.
Materials and Methods:
The authors interviewed 30 Instagram influencers in updating their contents on the Instagram Stories feature. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to capture the informants’ experience and consciousness in producing their online content as a part of their impression management.
The main findings of the study were as follows; First, Self-existence, viewers’ attractiveness, and innovativeness of the application have become the core motivation for the users in choosing the Instastory feature. Secondly, the impression management applied by the users as their front stage lies in the construction of their uploaded contents. Lastly, the users of Instagram Stories constructed their content in the form of thematic consistency, uniqueness, “captions” and information (image) editing.
The present study indicated that the impression management pattern in using Instagram stories had become an integral part of the uploaded content to fulfil the users’ highest self-satisfaction and maximum impacts on the viewers as well as their virtual followers.
Keywords: Impression management, New media, Instagram, Psychological communication, Social media, Captions.
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