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Taking Selfies: Why, Who, And How? Plus Some Interesting Selfie Facts!

Updated on May 16, 2017

Everyone Is Taking Selfies Now!

It's so easy to take selfies, even your dog can do it!
It's so easy to take selfies, even your dog can do it! | Source

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Thanks to cameras and tablets (and every other piece of technology out there that has a built-in camera), taking selfies is something that almost everyone does. Sure, you could take a selfie before, but it wasn't as easy.

I remember using disposable cameras with my friends, and the later it got, the harder it became to get a picture that had our faces in the frame, and the easier it became to get a picture of someone's ear, top of head, chest, or even feet.

That's why, before the camera phone, asking someone else to take our picture was what usually happened! Do you remember doing that? They looked through the hole, snapped the picture, and usually it worked out pretty good. Not always though. After developing the pictures we still found some with our heads cut off or certain people not in the frame.

That's one of the great things about selfies! They make it easy to get the picture you want without anyone else's help.

Easily Taking The Perfect Picture

The freedom to get the perfect shot wherever you are.
The freedom to get the perfect shot wherever you are. | Source

Are you on a beautiful beach with no one else around and want to snap the scenery with yourself in it? No problem! Taking selfies is the perfect way to capture the moment, with you included.

The beauty of it is you can see exactly what is being included in your picture and make sure that you don't snap anything you don't want.

I remember my husband and I being in the mountains and wanting a perfect shot with our cheap camera. There was no timer on the camera, and we literally had to wait for someone else to come in order to ensure that we got the shot we wanted. Those days are long gone!

What Else Makes Taking Selfies So Great?

Selfies let you get the perfect picture every time.
Selfies let you get the perfect picture every time. | Source

Taking a selfie means that you get to choose how you look, and that normally means you are going to look pretty damn good!

My friend once showed me a picture that she had sent to her new boyfriend, and while it looked amazing, I knew that it took a long time to get it just right. It was a suggestive picture of her in her bed, and her hair looked perfect as she looked up at the camera. When I asked her how long it took her, she admitted that close to fifty pictures were taken before she was satisfied with one.

Yes, this could be considered egotistical, but in this day and age where your face is always in front of others on social media, forums, and online business profiles, you want it to look it's best, and if you have the opportunity to do that, why not?

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GASP! Showing Your True Self In Selfies?

Getting real with your selfies can be hard to do!
Getting real with your selfies can be hard to do! | Source

I have a friend on Facebook (she is a photographer) who doesn't always take the best pictures. In fact, she hardly ever takes good selfies. Instead, she shows her real side - and I have to say I admire her for that.

She has taken pictures of herself crying, just waking up, drunker than drunk, and in very unflattering positions.

She has used the dreaded angle from below the face, and she has included the rolls on her stomach in pictures.

In short, she has shown us her true self, and her true story, through her pictures. Not many people are willing to show their less than desirable pictures because they are afraid of what others will think. But the truth is that I think she is probably the coolest person I know on Facebook.

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Taking Selfies Can Be Hard: So Now There's An App For That!

It can be hard to hold the camera in the perfect way while pressing the camera button on the screen at the same time. Sometimes being double jointed is the only way to get the selfie you want.

But, now there is an app (optimized for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) called GoCam (released June 29, 2014) to help you take your selfie any way you want to take it without having to touch your screen.

It seems as though you will use it just like you would Kinect on Xbox. You simply use your hand to get the apps attention and send a signal that you are ready for your selfie!

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Got Any Thoughts On Taking Selfies?

Do you have anything you want to share about selfies? Maybe how much you hate people suddenly stopping in front of you to take a selfie? Or is that just me? Anywase, please feel free to share in the comments below.


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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Interesting hub on this popular activity nowadays. I have taken few selfies but not a big fan of it. It is only when two people want to be photographed in one frame and there is no one around to take pictures , I can understand a selfie.

      Taking a selfie has become an obsession for some. Taking several pictures of oneself every day seems too much to me!

      I enjoyed reading your hub! Thanks for sharing!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I wish I had a phone like that for selfies. Great hub with interesting facts!

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      Kari 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Not an easy feat at all gran. Especially since dogs tend to look away from the camera right when you go to capture the shot. lol. Yes, I totally understand locking the door while holding the dog.:)

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      Cynthia 3 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Relationshipc-- that is pretty funny to imagine! Dogs are sort of hard to get to stay positioned on that straight arm format, aren't they? My dog does much better in pictures that I take of her and her doggie buddies than in selfies of her with me-- reminds me of trying to lock the house door while holding her-- not an easy feat.

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      Kari 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Lol techygran...most people are saying they only take selfies when they need a profile pic. Yesterday, I was trying to take a selfie of me and my dog in the park, but it was really hard to hold the camera properly. I just ended up looking like I was taping everyone in the park as I moved around and tried to get myself and my dog in the picture.

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      Cynthia 3 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Interesting hub-- I sort of feel like I am a little more in the loop. I took the cutest selfie with my two little granddaughters and have to say how happy I am about that one, but in general my own selfies are few and far between, when I really really really need a profile picture. Voting you up and sharing!

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      earnforlife 3 years ago

      Interesting hub. I do take selfies sometimes, but I am far from obsessed. I think some people are totally out of control. They take lots of selfies for no reason at all.

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      Kari 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      @Flourish - lol, that's cute.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This is a helpful hub, especially since my teen daughter recently told me that all adults (especially me, her mother) do not know how to take a selfie. Now I have instructions without the teen attitude that goes with it. Thank you!

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      Kari 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      @AliciaC: Yeah, I think younger people are more inclined to take selfies. I was walking behind some younger girls the other day, and they were snapping selfies as they walked to our Canada Day celebration. Walking while taking selfies - that takes some talent!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting hub! I hate having my photo taken and never take a selfie. Taking selfies has become a popular activity with some of the students that I teach, though. I know of one person (not a student, thankfully) who takes many selfies every day. I can certainly see why taking a selfie can be beneficial, as you describe in your hub, but taking multiple pictures of oneself each day seems a bit excessive to me!