I'm no longer surprised anymore because since the advent of social media, taking "selfies" has become the next big thing. Even the former US president Obama has been spotted.
This slang selfie is now incorporated into the dictionary to mean a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a digital camera or camera phone held in the hand or supported by a selfie stick.
When you see a selfie picture, you just know without a second thought. But have you ever stopped to wonder why we do it?
What does the selfie phenomenon tell us about ourselves as a society?
Are we all becoming increasingly narcissistic, or are selfies merely a fun form of self-expression?
Why we do it?
One of the reasons we love selfies is because they serve as a creative outlet. With smartphones and social media sites at our fingertips, it’s easier than ever to express ourselves to a wide audience.
Another reason is that it allow us to exert a greater level of control over how others perceive us online, and this is a major appeal.
Thanks to front facing camera phones, we can take countless photos of ourselves until we have an image that depicts us exactly the way we want – an image that we’re happy to share with the online world.
Interestingly, recent research suggests that this “selective self presentation” may actually enhance our self-esteem and boost our confidence. Research has also linked selfies to a sense of insecurity and self-objectification; with people seeking affirmation from others in terms of likes and comments.
There is also a self-reinforcing cycle involved in posting selfies, as psychologist
Jesse Fox explains, “People who score higher on self-objectification post more selfies, which leads to more feedback from friends online, which encourages them to post even more photos of themselves.”
Do you think taking a selfie is bad or good? For me, I know it's just an harmless trend.
We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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