What is a selfie?
A selfie is a self-portrait type image, typically taken with a smartphone which may be held in the hand or supported by a selfie stick. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
The word — and the practice of snapping pictures of one’s self — seems like it’s everywhere: President Obama and Vice President Biden recently paused to take a selfe while they were riding in the back of a White House limousine (Walsh 2018); Ellen DeGeneres took a selfe in the midst of hosting the 2014 Oscars, capturing an impromptu snapshot of stars, including Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, and Kevin Spacey (DeGeneres shared the photo on Twitter and it was retweeted 779,295 times within 30 minutes). It seems like this phenomenon has become so ubiquitous that selfie has been considered a culture of keeping ‘memories’ other than common photographs.
Everyone knows that a selfie is a picture you take of yourself. Whether it’s serious, silly, or smiling there is a wide range of different types (Pajkovic 2017). The selfie culture should be seen as a positive impact on our society. A selfie celebrates who you are and embraces all your features. Selfie culture promotes self-awareness. It encourages identity exploration and acceptance. Better yet, it exposes us to a diverse set of faces and bodies, instead of the standard image of beauty that gets shoved down our throats by pop culture and the media. Living in a world where people are borderline obsessed with themselves beats living in a world where people hate the way that they look because it doesn’t reflect what the Kardashians look like.
As far-fetched as it may seem, selfies help strengthen friendships (Pajkovic 2017). With goofy faces, they can catch us at our worse and most intimate Pajkovic 2017).
Nevertheless, my people have regarded ‘selfie’ as negative due to a number of undesirable events in our life. For example,
the pitfalls occur when kids become unduly focused on how they look and how others perceive them. Then I’d start to be concerned about the threat to self-esteem or body image. In addition, selfies are also the root of many problems including body-shaming, loss of self-esteem, etc. More seriously,
The world of social media, smart phones, and pictures are contributing to “virtual distance” —
measure of what is lost when human beings gets translated through the machine. Teenagers nowadays tend to upload more selfies to show off themselves rather than going out at socializing with their peers.
However, the evidence indicates that the link between selfies and well-being is not straightforward. For instance, the results of psychological research exploring the relationship between selfies and self-esteem are mixed. Some studies have found links between selfie posting and lower self-esteem, however others have reported a relationship with higher self-esteem. Still other research has found no link at all.
Selfies aren’t necessarily some weird craze or a viral trend amongst teenagers. While they may sometimes just be a form of teenage vanity, I believe they are important in the digital age as a form of communication, self-expression and documentation.
Pajkovic, A 2017, “SELFIE” PHENOMENON: Photos have become a creation of the self rather than an extension of the self, The Mindful World, May 29 2017, available atttps://www.themindfulword.org/2017/selfie-phenomenon-creation-self/
Walsh, L 2018, This Selfie Of Barack Obama & Joe Biden To Welcome The VP Back To Instagram Is So Good, Elite daily September 9 2018, available at