The term Selfie is one that everyone who uses social media is familiar with. It is probably the most popular type of social media portrait out there because it allows the user to control their appearance to the outside world. With a Selfie there are no bystanders, there is no room for dislike because you take the picture of yourself. If you don’t like it, you can delete it, add a filter, or take a hundred more until you get the perfect picture to display. Some researchers have stated that a person who takes a lot of selfies has either very low self-esteem or a lot of self love.
In a research paper by Dr Adi Kuntsman, he states that selfies on one side are seen as evidence of generational failing, a symptom of social media driven narcissism, and on the other hand as empowering and a revolutionary act of self love. Which do you think is true? The Pew Research foundation found that 55% of people have taken a selfie and shared it. They also found that Women take FOUR TIMES MORE SELFIES than men. When we take a selfie, we are taking a portrait of ourselves for what we want the world to see about us. According to Pew Research, SELFIES can be taken for personal or group memory, creating and maintaining relationships, self presentation, and self expression.
Showing pictures, even before social media, has always been an ego booster. Now, because of social media, we are all able to get an INSTANT REACTION. We no longer have to wait for our pictures to be developed, or placed on a cd. If you need an ego boost EVERYDAY, you can take a daily selfie and let the comments roll in. And unlike in the real world, where someone could say something rude about a picture to your face, sharing online, allows you to share what you want, and delete any comments you don’t agree with.
In the social media world, we are able to display an image using filters which mask what we look like in real life. We are able to delete a comment if someone tells us we have gained weight or we look too skinny. We control EVERYTHING on our social media sites, but we CAN’T control everything in the real world. What happens to our ego, outside of our selfies, and inside the physical world? Are we still as beautiful as our online persona represents or have we just created a facade to boost what we don’t have in our daily lives?
Next time you take a selfie, think about why you took it, and why you are going to share it.
We can discover more about ourselves if we open our eyes to the facts behind our SELFIES.