Easy on the Selfie!
Gone are the days when photojournalists are the only ones who take cameras with them to take exceptional shots. Back then, ordinary people only carry around cameras during special occasions to take photos of themselves, the scenery and their friends and family. But with the gradual evolution of technology, cellphone manufacturers have thought of putting a camera to the gadget that was originally intended to be used as a communication tool.
At present, no one will ever wonder why the heck cellphones have front camera. In the modern times, Photojournalists are not the only ones who take pictures every day. In fact, there now 30 million active Instagram users and the most used hashtag of the users is the word "selfie."
The Oxford Dictionary has chosen "selfie" as the word of the year for the year 2013. For one to live this word out, you just have to flip your phone’s camera, point it at a high angle, turn to your best face angle and click! – you just did a "selfie"! But it’s quite saddening that many people are becoming "selfie addicts" as they post the same photos of their faces in a row.
Psychologist Jill Weber, Ph.D. says that people who repeatedly post selfies struggle with their self-esteem. This can be partly true because selfies, for one, allows us to control how we want to be perceived online. And when people get the kind of reality that we feed them, our self-confidence gets a high boost. With that being said, there may be dangers that come with every self-portrait that you take. There is a high possibility that your self-esteem is already tied with the comments and “likes” that you get whenever you post a picture of your face.
The selfie phenomenon tends to constantly reminds us to define ourselves through vain portraits. Truth be told, there are more photographs of real people than models nowadays. This can be a positive idea, though. But in the end, you should ask yourself, do you take selfies for fun or do you take a picture of yourself for the comments and likes?
Remember, everything you share on the internet reveals a part of yourself. You sure don’t want to be perceived as a narcissist, right?
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