The Selfie Generation
How to do a selfie? Position your phone camera at a high angle above your face, make your eyes look bigger, pout your lips while sucking in your cheeks, and click. Your selfie is now ready for upload.
The term ‘selfie’ itself has been a cliché that lots of people have practiced and been addicted to in recent years. According to a recent study from the Pew Research Center, 91 percent of teens have posted a photo of themselves online. Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have served as great havens for selfie-lovers. And to state the obvious, celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, Amanda Bynes, and Justin Bieber are eternal selfie posters who never fail to keep us updated of what they are doing every seconds of the day.
So, the question lingers. What’s the reason behind this cult?
Some would simply say, “Why not? It gives us an opportunity to pose and feel like models!”
With regards to boosting self-esteem and confidence, let’s try to look at it on different sides. An uploaded photo received countless ‘likes’, this alone can boost the uploader’s confidence in a skyrocket speed. The next scenario would be to create more selfies in order to fish in more ‘likes’. But what if the uploaded selfie did not receive any ‘likes’ at all? Does this affect self-esteem the opposite way?
People have become more conscious on how other people think of how they look. The selfie has become their tool to seek approval from other people that they look good.
But people have to understand that everything they share online tells something about them, the good and the bad. Opinions may differ with regards to the selfie craze, but remember, less is more. It is always better to keep something for yourself.