Selfie is officially the word of the year and is now a part of the Oxford dictionary! They also have a major EDM song dedicated to this subject as well a popular Tamil song!Selfie-maniacs are everywhere today and some even call them self-indulgent, narcissistic, the worst of society. Here are some reasons why it is best not to join this crowd of selfie maniacs:
- You may look desperate:
Taking pictures everywhere you go gives a message of “Look at me! I’m amazing!” or “Look at me! I am attention seeking and need validation!” While some may appreciate and feel jealous about certain selfies other reactions sway around this vein “don’t they have anything better to do?” or “they must really think highly of themselves”.
- You lose track of real enjoyment
Children and adults engage in this trend of stopping in the middle of anywhere whether it is a busy road or a smelly bathroom, in the middle of a funeral to travelling in a bus to shoot a photo of themselves. Sometimes taking photos is the entire point of a trip! Shouldn’t life be lived for the sake of experiences, meeting people and trying new things instead of creating a photo album? When you travel, focus on the surrounding, the culture, the cuisine instead of your own self and you could learn so much more.
- It can actually cost your life
Take the example of a man in Mexico, who died when he posed with a gun to shoot a selfie, but accidentally fired the weapon. Oscar Otero Aguilar was enjoying a booze-filled night with two buddies last weekend in Mexico City when he picked up his .45-caliber pistol and thought it would be a good idea to take a picture of himself. Or of the woman on California who wanted to pose with a crocodile, the animal thought poorly of this attempt and it ended up with him biting her face.
These people neglected their safety for a picture which would get a few likes, few viewers and gain a few fans. But this kind of carelessness is bound to happen when you turn a blind eye just to stroke your ego.
- It is a new avenue of advertisement
With selfies gaining so much popularity in the world, it shouldn’t be surprising that add makers have taken over this obsession. During the Oscars Ellen De Genere shanded a white Samsung phone to actor Bradley Cooper so he could take a “selfie” with stars like Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Lawrence. While you may think that this was spontaneous, it wasn’t so. As part of its sponsorship and deal with ABC Networks, Samsung and its media buying firm Starcom MediaVest negotiated to have its Galaxy smartphone integrated into the show! Also Reality star Kim Kardashian is said to promote many products and is paid generously to take selfies with the brand items!
- It may be a disorder
According to new research it was found that that selfies exacerbate narcissistic mental disorder as with the introduction of mobile technology and the growth of the internet enables you to upload an image to a host of busybodies in a matter of seconds.
All in all, opinions vary on whether this new culture is silly or legitimate, which means there is no right or wrong line drawn about this! But do ask yourself: Do I take selfies for fun, or am I doing this for the comments? If you fall under the latter perspective, Dr. Rutledge recommends shifting your stance.
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