Now that is a sentence you get to hear every time you set your foot outside. ‘Selfie’ or a self-portrait clicked by a person himself/herself often looks like a casual snap to be uploaded in social media but the ‘The lighting is just perfect here; let me click a selfie at first.’of labor put behind it remains hidden in their gallery. Moreover, people not only click a simple selfie but they have got different apps (application software) which have various filter options to make one look “Prettier”! Selfies Or Selfish
Selfies Or Selfish
The young generation has picked up the obsession of clicking selfies at every occasion, be it a regular busy Monday selfie or a selfie at the best friend’s birthday party.
In addition to the scenario came the ‘selfie stick’. It is an instrument which allows positioning the camera at a distance from the subject. People going gaga over perfect selfies definitely are in a need of a selfie stick which in right sense may seem a complete misinvestment.
A selfie with more than one or two people termed as a groupie is a must in any occasion. So in a social gathering instead of all the normal talks you just look for the perfectly lit spot to click a groupfie and post it on your timeline.
Popularity and Privacy
Selfie was officially accepted for use in the word game Scrabble. Selfies are popular among both the genders. It is believed that the young generations are more concerned with selfies. But with the growing trend, it has got viral among middle aged men and women. After all, nobody in this universe wants to feel left out.
Teenagers are posting selfies while puffing cigars with ‘cool’ captions as a stunt to become popular among the classmates. People cannot stop their obsession with posting their daily selfies in the social media services such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and etc which include working at the office selfie to sipping a cup of a coffee selfie. Some people have taken this ‘sport’ too personally by posting selfies clicked at a hospital or at a memorial. As pathetic as it sounds but this has been the real situation. They have made every private life events public with such creepy posts.
Ever since clicking and posting of selfies have become an ongoing trend celebrities have contributed more to it. Celebrities usually click selfies and post them online as a subject of press coverage. Ordinary people following their favorite celebs get highly inspiring ideas for their next selfie.
False Sense of Security
Selfie being a growing addiction has caused some serious social tension. People become insecure when their selfies are not as good as their co-workers’. They become highly restless with the dire need of clicking the best ever selfie.
As the saying goes,
“A selfie a day keeps the doctor away.”
Posting intentionally unattractive selfies also became common in the early 2010s—in part for their humor value. The practice of taking selfies has been criticised not only for being narcissistic, preventing assessment and appreciation of what is happening in the present but also for being mindlessly conformist behavior, when everyone does what everyone else is doing.
The first known selfie-related death occurred 15 March 2014, when a man electrocuted himself on top of a train. There was another incident where a 14-year-old girl fell from the staircase of the 3rd floor to the 2nd. In the year 2015, it was reported that more people were killed by taking selfies than by shark attacks. Again on 1 July 2017, 4 students of Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria, went to a river close to the university and took selfies on a canoe stationed at the river. The canoe capsized while the students were taking the pictures killing 2 who could not swim.
According to Professor Amanda du Preez, there are least three types of selfie pictures documenting death:
• Selfiesunknowinglytaken before death.
• Selfies of death where the taker’s death is almost witnessed.
• Selfies with death where the taker stands by while someone else dies.
The Ongoing Trend
The appeal of selfies came from how easy they are to create and share and also the control they give self-photographers over how they represent themselves. Many selfies are intended to present a flattering image of the person, especially to friends whom the photographer expects to be supportive.However, a 2013 study of Facebook users found that posting photos of oneself correlates with lower levels of social support from and intimacy with Facebook friends. The lead author of the study suggested that those who frequently post photographs on Facebook risked damaging real-life relationships.
The photo messaging application Snapchat is also largely used to send selfies. Some users of Snapchat choose to send intentionally-unattractive selfies to their friends for comedic purposes. By 2013, the word "selfie" had become commonplace enough to be monitored for inclusion in the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary. In November 2013, the word "selfie" was announced as being the "word of the year" by the Oxford English Dictionary, which gave the word itself an Australian origin.