A Selfie Culture
Mostly everyone has added the word “Selfie.” to their vocabulary.
This term sprung out of the blue and has taken our generation by storm.
Social media and the rapid technological advances in this time has had a profound impact on the new selfie culture; making it extremely common in our world today.
A millennial by the name of Sara Andrews agreed.
“I know that if find myself taking selfie multiple times a day,” Said Andrews. “It has just become the new normal for people my age to be quite honest. Just always updating people on what’s going on in your life and in the moment.”
Selfies do not only take place in pictures, but also in video thanks to the social media application known as Snapchat.
“Most of the selfies I take usually go on Snapchat. I will almost never just take a photo just to save on my camera roll. It always has to be posted somewhere.” Said Andrews.
Twenty-two year old Aimee Finecountry said the snapchat boosted her use of selfie as well.
“The app just makes it really fun for people to express themselves on a daily basis. At least that’s what I use it for,” Said Finecountry. “I’d say the reason why most people post selfies on social media nowadays is to get likes and positive reactions from an audience.”
Although Finecountry sees selfies in a lighthearted way, it has raised lots of questions on whether it helps to promote a self absorbed and narcissistic society.
In the summer of 2016, Snapchat introduced Geotags and decorative filters from a third party company that shed a whole new light on the application and gave people many more reasons to stay connected to it.
Some of the most popular filters include the doggie, the flower crown, and the blue filter.
“I think a lot of people like to use the filters because they are fun and others tend to use them because they think they look better with them on.” Said Andrews. Some of the filters alter your features and some people really like that. I personally do not because I feel as though it gives people a false representation of what you actually look like.”
Some Snapchat filters give the appearance of a more contoured nose, big and vivacious eyelashes, and flawless skin.
Andrews said, “When you always use the filters on snapchat, it hard for people to know what you actually look like.”
YouTube content Creator Breeny Lee also agreed with the point Andrews raised.
“I used to not be able to use snapchat without using a filter, but I stopped now because of how addictive it was becoming. The filters always want to make people look ‘perfect’ so if I choose not to use it what is that now saying?” Said Lee. “People like Kim Kardashian and Kylie jenner have really promoted this sort of ‘look at me’ attitude that everyone seems to be subscribing to.”
Lee says she always loves a good selfie, but she’s learned to limit how often she does it.
But is the Selfie craze only a thing among women and girls? Or are boys part of this social media subculture as well? High school senior William Asukwo gave his insight on the topic.
“I don’t really use filters to be honest. Whenever I’m taking a selfie, it’s usually a video of me doing something funny.” Asukwo said. “I see that lots of girls use these filters which makes them take many more selfies than usual. You can always tell the ones that are doing it out of self absorption and the one that are just being expressive and having fun.”
Lee thinks it’s so coincidence that the words selfie and selfish sound so similar.
“Selfies make us always want to look at ourselves, not only on camera but in real life as well. I’ve found that I always need to look in a mirror anytime I walk by one to make sure I look how I want to be perceived. It can get really unhealthy.” Said Lee. “Everything in Moderation.”