April 03, 2013

Selfie Mania.


Screw the photoshoot, I’ll just take a pic of myself.

Everyone takes selfies. I pretend I don’t, but I definitely do. I don’t WANT to. Not really. But whenever there is a shiny mirror or any sort of reflective surface is front of me, my lizard brain is like ‘get your iPhone out’. Why! Steve Jobs cottoned on to this silly human instinct and launched the reverse-cam-button. Now there’s no going back.

By the way, this is not a blog post slating the online self-obsessed-photography trend, oh no, I’m simply commenting on it. It’s interesting don’t you think? That 5 years ago it was really only the ‘MySpace kids’ that took selfies. Now, it’s totally mainstream. Even Helen Mirren and Hilary Clinton were caught doing it.

So, why do you think it’s now become culturally and socially ‘the norm’ to casually pop a selfie as your profile picture?

Are we running out of people to take photos for us? Are we becoming more obsessed with ourselves? They say that narcissism is rife in social networking, and that Tweeting and posting is all about ME. Social ME-dia.

I asked on Twitter what people thought about the selfie phenomenon. Here are some of the responses.

@nicloemax They’re okay once in a while. But if your whole Instagram feed is of yourself, there’s a problem. Duck Face. Just no.

@mabarrow love them! Just another way of sharing your life.

@chynnasaurr I fail to understand the dynamics of the “selfie”

‏@LivvLawrence I don’t really understand them myself but if people enjoy taking them that’s great. If you got it, flaunt it I suppose!

@BigCsMusic Girls do them for attention.

What do YOU think? Do you love them or hate them? Or like me, whinge about them and then end up doing them yourself?


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