The “Selfie” Epidemic

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Paden Hansen, posing with a balloon monkey, demonstrates getting ready to take a selfie for his social media followers. Photo by Crystal Snow

Paden Hansen, posing with a balloon monkey, demonstrates getting ready to take a selfie for his social media followers. Photo by Crystal Snow

What’s true with Facebook selfies is true with all selfies, always in moderation.

The selfie trend started years ago when cell phones came equipped with cameras. It started slowly and wasn’t really popular until the development of social media.

Facebook and Myspace were the first popular social media websites. They laid the foundation. These sites were alike in many aspects but one in particular. Both sites required or at least suggested that the user have a profile picture. It is believed that this is where the selfie trend started to take off.

The psychology and thought process of modern selfies are very simple and can be broken down into two basic categories, Facebook and Snapchat.

The first is the official Facebook selfie. Let’s say that you get all dressed up and ready to go out when you walk by a mirror. After seeing your reflection, you realize you are looking so good that you can’t waste this opportunity to show the world. However, there is no one there to take your picture, so boom, selfie.

These selfies are not usually a problem as long as they are taken in moderation. Nobody wants a bunch of selfies taking up their news feed on Facebook.

Jared Bailey, a sophomore at Snow College explains, “I feel like selfies are all I ever see on Facebook anymore. I am really starting to get sick of them.”

Snapchat selfies are by far the worst of the two. All too often I will be walking down the hall or sitting in class while someone is making grotesque faces at their phone. When this trend first started, it was disturbing. Now it is becoming a normal thing and that is even more disturbing. Have we no shame? I guess not.

Unfortunately, I think selfies are here to stay. Most smart phones now are built with two cameras, one on the outside for taking actual pictures and one on the inside for taking selfies. If you feel the strong urge to take a picture of yourself, I would just advise you to be aware of your surroundings. And remember that when you post something on Facebook, it will be seen by all of your friends not just those who “like” it.

In the end just remember, moderation.

Much Love,

Ryan Aagard

 

 

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