Do you think the "selfie" craze has gotten out of hand?
Has social media made us more narcissistic as a society? Do you know of anyone who has more "selfie" photos on their Facebook page than photos taken of them by other people? Kim Kardashian has a (photography book) titled "Selfish" and it's a bestseller containing nothing but "selfies" of herself. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, and other sites have made it possible for average people to "promote themselves" to have hundreds, thousands, or millions of followers, views, or "friends". Does it seem like everyone is seeking their 15 minutes?
I think its way out of hand. I go to Facebook and scroll all the latest selfie list and think of how unattractive it makes people look. I much prefer the modest old days. I also am tired of duck face, and group shots of silly hand gestures and people opening their mouths wide with tongue sticking out
Absolutely out of hand. I have a friend on FB and all of her photos are selfies. No one else, just photos of her. I see photos of what people had for lunch and the most benign things. One FB friends posted updates as she stood in line at WalMart. How ridiculous is that? People need to get an interest other than themselves.
Total agreement. I do happen to take better pictures of myself than other people do, but I only do it when I have to. I had real true friends when only rich people had computers it was so much fun. everybody is scared of each other now. and prejudice
i agree, from the pic you had uploaded, it is obvious that humans are getting crazy with selfies and think they are really beautiful
Do I think it has gotten out of hand, not really. Do I know anyone with more selfies than photos taken of them by other people? Yes, me.
Some of us don't have real life friends we see often. Other than my husband who is gone 10 hours a day, who would take a pic of me? I have about 10 photos from my childhood. So I want as many of myself as an adult as possible, same for my kids. I literally have thousands of photos of my children. I want them to remember it all!
I always find it funny when I hear people complain about what people post on their own social media pages. Why don't these people just unfollow, they don't have to unfriend, they can just unfollow. This will keep them from seeing the things they complain about.
Does taking a photo of ones self make them narcissist? Well, maybe if the person taking selfies has a way to be seen by the masses to boost their own personal already grandiose opinions.
Does it seem like everyone is seeking their 15 minutes of fame? Is this really connected to selfies? The internet is what is making so many seek their 15 minutes of fame. How many here on HP would love to go viral? Of course a large group of people want their 15 minutes of fame, since now that is a possibility for the masses thanks to technology. On top of that selfies for some is a good form of attention seeking for them. Like the thousands of young women who post pictures of themselves with quotes like "I look so horrible today" with half their body hanging out and three coats of makeup.
Remember everyone, some of us posting selfies have no one else to take photos, or have a reason behind it. I post about 3 a week on facebook, which is considerably less than I post of my children. Really though even if I posted 100, is it hurting anyone? If the answer is no I don't see why it would bother anyone.
Do you think "selfies" and the Internet go hand in hand?
If there was no Internet or way to (share) the photos without physically handing them to someone would there be as many selfies taken?
Digital pictures and the Internet are connected.
I use to take selfies with my first camera phone before my phone had internet data on it, so maybe I'm the odd ball out on this one! Lol!
I don't really think that it is out of hand. Its really cute to me. Once in a while, you can have the whole full picture ish, but there is nothing really wrong with taking many selfies
Meh. Narcissism isn't new. So, while people have a new avenue to promote themselves, I don't see it getting anymore out of hand than narcissistic practices in the past. And I would argue that there is a 'good' side to selfies. For example, say that you run into your favorite celebrity on the street and no one is around to take your picture. Suddenly the selfie becomes a happy memory worthy of a photo album. The same can be said of a picture at the grand canyon or some other important landmark you want to prove you were at.
In the grand scheme of things, the selfie is still pretty new. So I can see why a lot of people might be annoyed by it. But I think it will just pass into everyday photo language the way that a portrait photo is different from a landscape photo.
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