Selfie Taker or Selfie Hater?
Maybe it is my age letting me down here, or perhaps that I have always tried my best to avoid a camera, but I am in a total state of confusion when it comes to this narcistic ‘Selfie’ trend.
For those who are blissfully unaware, or have managed to avoid this new breed of ‘duck faced’ amateur modelling contestants, according to the ‘Urban Dictionary’, which we all know is 100 percent accurate and completely scientific, A Selfie is:
‘A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace or any other sort of social networking website. You can usually see the person’s arm holding out the camera in which case you can clearly tell that this person does not have any friends to take pictures of them so they resort to Myspace to find internet friends and post pictures of themselves, taken by themselves. A selfie is usually accompanied by a kissy face or the individual looking in a direction that is not towards the camera.’
For some freaky reason it has become social vogue to take a photo (or even ten photos) of your own head, usually looking nothing like your own ‘every day’ head but a slippery, lip glossed version of yourself, and then publishing it as many times as humanly possible on the internet. The ‘Selfie’ person then acts really overwhelmed and surprised when they receive comments from acquaintances telling them how ‘wonderful’ they look, by responding with utter stupidity.
‘You look so hot’
‘I do not, you do’
‘No, you do’
‘No you do…..’
‘Thanks babe, I love you’
‘ I love you more’
(Yes as sad as it is I actually copied this from Instagram)
Sometimes the Selfie Addict will repeat the same stupid looking face the next day, but with a different comment that will usually have nothing to do with the picture. Think big lips, stupid pouting face, enough cleavage to house a small family from Cambodia and a caption reading #myfeetaresore. Err I’m sorry, have I missed something? I can’t even see your feet?
Okay, so after speaking with some little people who know nothing of life before the internet, I am beginning to understand that this is the tool teenagers now use to gain an instant self-esteem boost. Apparently there is an acceptable number of ‘likes’ that you must receive in order to avoid being a ‘loser’ or god forbid the subject of an ‘ugly’ photo. It’s almost like an instant popularity poll. As troubling as it is, I can at least see the motive here. But can someone please explain why the hell grown adults jumping on board with this?
There is usually a ‘type’ that fits the ‘Selfie’ taking profile.
- Recently separated, back on the prowl.
- Just bought a new lipstick.
- Just lost 40kg and need to show everyone my new skinniness and receive many shocked comments about how much weight I have lost. Preferably from people I use to go to school with when I was fat.
- New haircut recipient
- Drunk Idiot
- Person over 60 trying to take a photo of something else but accidentally snaps their own head.
- 3 year old on rampage with mums Iphone, mum has not yet realised phone is missing.
- People without mirrors?
Some questions to ponder about the Selfie:
Why are there no ugly Selfies? Did anyone ever take a Selfie of their newly ripened pimple?
Why don’t truly hideous looking humans take Selfies?
Is a Selfie only a Selfie if someone else sees it?
Why don’t men take Selfies?
Is it a fear of being forgotten? Is the Selfie a reminder for everyone, or a cry for help? ‘I’m still here everyone, just letting you know….again, and again, and again’
So what are your thoughts? Are you a Selfie taker or a Selfie hater?