How do you really feel about them?
To selfie or Not to selfie: That is the question….
This blog was inspired by the fact that I have three teenage daughters who are obsessed with taking selfies and posting them on Instagram. My husband feels VERY strongly about the subject and HATES SELFIES…ALL OF THEM. Brad feels that the constant taking of selfies and posting them on the internet is part of the younger generations problem of self absorption. I have taken a few selfies myself (new hairstyle, picture with my child, etc).
When we went on vacation, Brad was mortified when he saw a couple taking a picture with a selfie stick. “What the heck is that?” He couldn’t believe it. He immediately walked up to the couple and offered to take their picture so they didn’t have to “use that dumb stick.” The selfie stick does make it convenient to take selfies on vacation instead of constantly asking random strangers to take pictures of you. Corrin and I were aware of the selfie sticks because they sell them at Five Below. We have dec’d a few teenagers hospital rooms and the selfie stick is a fun thing to include in the dec for the teenage girls.
Corrin and I were talking about selfies and we concluded that we think people having very polarizing views of the selfie: You either hate them and think that they are narcissistic (maybe you have hidden a person on facebook for posting a million) or you love them. You enjoy taking them or enjoy looking at others posting them. (Do you agree with this statement?)
I found an article from The Guardian that explains he rise of the sefie.
According to the article, “It was the introduction of smartphones – most crucially the iPhone 4, which came along in 2010 with a front-facing camera – that made the selfie go viral.”
- They allow self expression and are fun to take
- They are easy to take
- You are recording memories
- You are always the picture taker and want to be in a photo every once in awhile
- You get to use a selfie stick
- You generally post flattering pictures of yourself that make you feel good
From the article “”The rise of digital cameras and the iPhone coincided with the fact that there are a lot more single people around [than before]. The number of single-occupancy households is rising, more people are divorcing and living single lives and people go on holiday by themselves more and don’t have anyone else to take the picture. That’s one reason I take selfies: because I do actually want to record where I am.”
- They can be seen as narcissistic
- Some think selfie sticks are cheesy
- Some people are addicted to taking them
- They can be dangerous: A park in Colorado recently shut down because people wouldn’t stop trying to take selfies with the bears.
- Sometimes people post selfies that are TMI (too much information)
- Some feel that people who post them are fishing for compliments
- Can be dangerous if young girls post a million selfies on the internet
From the article “The American writer John Paul Titlow has described selfie-sharing as: “a high school popularity contest on digital steroids”. In an article published on the website ReadWrite earlier this year, Titlow argued that selfie users “are seeking some kind of approval from their peers and the larger community, which thanks to the internet is now effectively infinite”.
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Whether you love selfies or despise selfies, you can’t deny that they are part of our culture. For those of you who love them, I am including a link to that explains how to take better selfies (so you can perfect them!)