Are Selfies Destroying Memories?

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Aubrey puts her perfect selfie look to use and poses with a badger statue in the GSC.  Photo by Kaitlyn Bown

Aubrey puts her perfect selfie look to use and poses with a badger statue in the GSC. Photo by Kaitlyn Bown

Have selfies destroyed the reason behind taking photos? Are photos becoming less meaningful?  There was a time when taking photographs was extremely expensive, difficult, and rare. Since technology has improved and taking photos is now a common and daily thing, selfies and groupies are everywhere, flooding social media, clogging up phones and computers, and encouraging vanity instead of self-confidence.

Photos being uploaded to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other websites are often judged by peers or liked by friends. This type of environment is very damaging. With all of the up-close selfies, there are more opportunities for harsh judgment.

Looking for acceptance, many stress over getting that perfect picture of themselves to post, which creates unrealistic and unattainable expectations. In other cases, those with a large amount of friends and excessive likes on their photos start to obsess over their appearance and struggle to live up to the high standards that are set for them.

Not only are pictures becoming a mechanism used to determine social status, they are also turning into the most effective storage hogs ever. Sure photos are important and great keepsakes but when they’re selfies, what good are they doing besides sitting in a photo album taking up memory.

Other than trying to impress Facebook friends, what use do selfies have in life?  How often are selfies actually looked at by their owner? Is it really that important to capture a memory of you wearing that purple blouse with your hair all perfect?  How much is that going to matter in a couple years that you got a picture of your smolder or duck face with your new Victoria Secret lip gloss or your new Hollister hoodie #swag?

So my question to you remains: are photos losing their value? With photography turning into something anyone can do and photos everywhere you turn, it makes you wonder; have they become commonplace?

Usually, when amount decreases, value increases. So if the amount of photos is increasing rather than decreasing, what is there to be said about their value?

Now, don’t get me wrong. Pictures are great when used for their intended purpose of preserving memories and capturing moments for future generations to see.

The problem doesn’t lie in photos themselves, but rather in what the photos are of and what they are used for.

Originally, photographs were invented to save favorite moments or to retain a better recollection of an event years down the road. Although taking pictures of yourself is not evil, maybe you should reconsider what you’re taking the most photos of. Try to only take pictures with family and friends for a while. Focus your pictures more on vacations and important events in your life. See which type of photo is worth more to you in the long run.

Brynn Schiffman is a freshman at snow college and has been writing for the snowdrift for a semester. She is majoring in English with hopes to be an editor

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