Snap, post, snap, post, snap, post… Sounds like a marching band to me. One fully equipped with cameras and lighting to capture that perfect shot. At a time when online friends number in the hundreds or even thousands and digital thumbs-up are a source of pride, a time when people feel compelled to chronicle every moment of their life and then share it with the world, it’s hard to keep track of what’s really important. According to research done by the Heriot Watt University in the UK, this selfie phenomenon may actually be detrimental to real life relationships.
The selfie epidemic struck right on the heels of the rise of social media websites and messenger apps, first infecting the young and then moving on to adults. I’ll admit, Professionals who believe that selfies are a creative outlet used by developing teens as a way of becoming comfortable in their own skin do have a point, but there can be negative consequences as well. While there is nothing wrong with being proud of your own body, or showing that you are happy with your life, when we begin to rely on the validation we get from social media, selfies become more problematic. An added concern with selfie culture may be whether the ever-younger participants in this practice actually realize what sorts of messages they are conveying to the world through their often suggestive poses.
Along with iPhones, iPods, and iPads we now have ‘selfies’ in a world where more and more focus seems to be placed on the cult of the self instead of on collective goals. We need to shift that focus back. More self-satisfaction may be gained from performing a single selfless act, than from all the likes you’ve ever gotten on a selfie! Let’s try to point the camera the other way for a change, and snap a picture where the main focus isn’t me, myself, and I.
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