SELFIE!!! Many of us enjoy taking selfies; it has become a huge part of life. Technology has been modified just to accommodate us, front cameras on cellphones, selfie sticks, facial recognition filters on social apps and more. Some of us could sit all day in front of a camera; but what is your selfie saying?
Sometimes we don't mean what we are saying. Dr Terri Apter, psychology lecturer at Cambridge University, says taking selfies is all about people trying to figure out who they are and project this to other people.
Do we know ourselves enough to project the right image of ourselves? Could we tarnish our image with a selfie?
If we really thought about it, selfies date back as far as the 1500s; selfies are just self portraits. Famous self portraits such as: Portrait of a Man in Red Chalk by Leonardo da Vinci, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear by Vincent van Gogh (1889), Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar by Rembrandt (1659). I guess I should at least pick an artist from the 20th Century: Self-Portrait by Andy Warhol (1986). During those times self-portraits were all about status and importance. Is that still our objective when taking a selfie?
A selfie is a staged photo we take in hopes of projecting a particular look. Some want to look funny, happy, sad, sexy, mystical, and the list goes on and on. Even though we are taking photos of ourselves who are we actually taking the photo for. Do we take photos and leave the pictures in the gallery? OF COURSE NOT! Most of us take our selfies through a social app. Selfies are taken for gratification and acceptance. There is nothing wrong with taking a selfie, just know why you are taking it.