Love them or hate them, there’s no doubt that they’re flooding your social media feeds.
In case your over 25 and have never heard of the term, a selfie is;
- A picture of you with your face in it
- The photo was taken by yourself without the help of another human
- You shared the photo on the internet – instagram, twitter, facebook, tumblr and so on.
And there is a fair amount of debate and cringing over the appropriateness of a selfie. And its all very subjective as to whether a selfie is good or compeltely and utterly embarrassing.
And I suppose there are rules as to when a selfie is allowed.
Firstly, please dont take yourself too seriously.
Dont pout/ duck face.
Dont hashtag #bored #nomakeup or #selfie. We can see that its a selfie, thank you.
Dont show us your boobs.
And dont take too many selfies. Your ratio of selfies to photos of other stuff has to be 1:8. If scrolling through your instagram profile and you have more than 1 selfie in every 9 square grid, you’re verging on being a selfie whore.
Even with these rules though, I still feel that there are times when selfies just aren’t appropriate. Why, Im not entirely sure. But I think I get annoyed when i see a selfie taken and it seems that the pure objective of the person taking it is to achieve ‘likes’.
Is it a popularity contest? Maybe.
I think that the biggest problem I have with selfies is that when people take a million photos of themselves before they’re satisfied with the lighting and then apply a filter (one of instagrams biggest calling cards) to enhance their features they are clearly trying show off.
Dont even get me strated on gym selfies.
What are people achieving with those? Surely they’re a search for pure praise and acknowledgement of how much of a hard worker and healthy person they are.
do you feel bad when you see these?
Dont. The art of the selfie is that it can be purley manufactured by the selfier.
But with no roadblocks for selfies on the social media highway there is no doubt that the selfie will be around for a while.
Thank you Instagram.
do you take selfies? why dont’/do you do it?
and before you point it out, yes my display picture is essentially a selfie. but it was manufactured that way. The angle of my hand holding my phone didnt work well for the intended picture. so i got my friend to take the photo for me with my arm held out towards the camera to make it look like i took it.
i know, the epitome of cool.
Here’s the original selfie