The Psychology of Selfies
Nowadays, Selfies are like the most well-known phenomenon of the world. A 6 yr old may not know his age but he definitely knows selfies. It’s one of the biggest ‘hits’ of the early 21st century including the internet, the Harlem shake, butts, twerking and one direction (I’m serious!). But, what exactly makes people take selfies and share it with the world? Different people have different reasons as to why they take selfies (in my case, to look less weird). So, why not just take a few moments and see why people actually take selfies!
#1 The wannabe socialite:
Well, this is the kind of person who takes selfies and posts it on instagram to look sociable and kind of an extrovert whereas in the real world, is just lonely and looking for people to make friends with (that’s me). So, he/she just clicks selfies- at the beach, on the hill, on the bed, at the window- anywhere and everywhere with deep quotes and captions. Yep, you know who I’m talking about!
#2 The outfit selfie:
Now this person is either promoting a clothing line or just wants to show off their new outfit and (obviously) their awesome fashion sense. These people normally have a great fashion sense along with a great body and a fat bank balance because they can actually afford that type of clothing. These people are the ones that mostly rule Instagram and Tumblr.
#3 The workout selfie:
Now, some of you might know such people because they are the ones whom you want to feed burgers and fries till they bloat and bloat and then lose that amazing body. While some of these might actually take efforts to get where they are, some just are gifted with that incredible body and might as well just lie in their bed wearing yoga pants, sprinkling water on their faces and captioning ‘ workout Wednesdays’.
#4 The Celebrity Selfie:
Duh! It’s the YouTube, Hollywood and bollywood celebrities I’ talking about. These are the people who want their fans to know what they’ve been doing at that moment and so, they decide to Instashare a selfie and like Kim Kardashian, ‘break the internet’. It is amazing how in an instant there are more than a 10k likes while people like us hardly get around 20 likes in a millennium.
#5 The Incredible Feet:
This one has no apparent reason or psychology to take these (other than maybe suggesting that they’re relaxing and having fun). These normally have different sights in the background. For example, a sunset, a beach or simply garden grass. Now, these might be take just because they got bored or to flaunt new footwear, a new pedicure or some amazing toes!
Well, now you know what the psychology behind various types of selfies is. It is simple to understand really why people take selfies. All you have to do is examine your reason why you take selfies! I’m sure you must be taking selfies too!
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