Point of View
The ”˜Selfie”™ What Does It Say About Us?
By Trevor Roberts
Aug 4, 2013 - 5:02:43 AM

UNITED STATES—We live in a technologically driven environment.  Rewind back to 1990, the Internet was barely a thing of the future and the cell phone, what cell phone.  Today, the Internet is the global media where most of us obtain news, but it’s also a place where we as a society self-indulge in ourselves.  What on Earth am I referring to? 

 

The good ole’ ”˜selfie.’  Some may be asking what is a ”˜selfie?’ It’s when a person uses their cell phone to take a picture of themselves and then post that image on social media.  Notably on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook. 

 

What does posting a selfie say about an individual?  It says that perhaps we lie in a self-absorbed environment.  We as people want to be seen, we want to be heard, we want to be noticed. We want people to say to people, “Look at me!”  Some try more than others to infuse this idea, others not so much.  It may be done as a way of garnering a laugh or two.  Let’s face it; we live in a culture surrounded by YouTube where everyone is clamoring for 15 minutes of fame, so a ”˜selfie’ gives a person an opportunity to be the talk of the day.  The biggest issue that concerns me about the ”˜selife’ is whether men or women are more prone to self-indulge. 


This is an interesting topic to tackle because if you examine the current trend in the celeb glitz industry.  Countless stars have taken to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr to post pics of themselves in the buff.  Notably this has been seen more by the male counterpart than females lately.  Recently Chris Pratt, Geraldo Rivera and this week Nick Jonas have all posted pics of their newly transformed physiques.

 

Some would say it’s a promotion of eating right and exercise to motivate people, and to some degree I would agree with that notion, but then again, do you really have to take a picture and unleash it to the media masses to indicate so?  No.  People are asking for attention when they do so.  This isn’t to say the female counterpart doesn’t do so because they have.  It’s more so in terms of a night on the town, there have been a few that have released bikini body pics like “ Jersey Shore” star Nicole “Snooki” Polozzi.

 

Does the ”˜selfie’ indicate that we’re self-absorbed as individuals?  Perhaps, what other reason would you take a picture of yourself, wouldn’t it be smarter to just ask someone else to take the picture for you. I mean we’re all seen pics that don’t have the best angles or appear a bit distorted because let’s face it its not easy taking a picture of yourself using your cell phone and the reflection of a mirror as so many people attempt to do in the bathroom.

 

What message are we sending to our youth when we choose to talk ”˜selfies’ of ourselves?  We’re saying that how society perceives us is important, especially on the physical front.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but with selfies, it has become apparent beauty is more important on the outside than what should be perceived on the inside.



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