“Every major social media site is overflowing with millions of them,”
– Jenna Wortham, technology reporter for The New York Times.
Selfies are photographs a person takes of themselves, usually with a mobile phone. It has become all the rage since the occurrence of smartphones, which generally have a camera facing the user – making the self-portrait capturing, an effortless act.
So, what makes the Selfie so popular? It acknowledges and celebrates ‘regular’ people. With the help of social media apps such as Instagram, there are many more photographs available now of ‘real people’ from their everyday lives, than there are of models.
Nonetheless, every good thing is coupled with flaws. Social networks, provide users an easy avenue to upload their Selfies and get quick hits of approval almost instantly. The Selfie phenonemon can quickly spiral out of control, if users begin to heavily rely on the response they get from their uploads. In the worst possible case, when such photos are uploaded and no one ‘likes’ or comments on your photo, it can deplete your confidence and create issues of low self-esteem on the user.
As of the present time, more than 120 million photos have been hash tagged #selfie and the rate of uploads doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon. It looks like the Selfies will be here to stay for a little while longer, so get snapping!