Are good selfies worth the risk?

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Photo credits to Gorba McMahon

Everyone is familiar with the word selfie. No matter if you are old or young, we all tend to spend our time taking selfies whenever we are out. We love to post pictures of ourselves, our partners, gatherings, pets, food we take out and even things we actually can not afford. For instance, most of us indulge this habit of selfies when we see an expensive car we always wanted or even an accessory we tried on in an expensive store. A lot of us tend to spend more time collecting pictures instead of getting the real deal. It is also a force of habit where most girls are prone to screenshot the pictures of others and share it on their platform as if its their own. They even have a term for it, ‘inspo’. Its definitely not wrong to admire a good picture or wanting the same object the other person has, however what really happens here is way more complicated as it breaches the privacy of the Instagramer. Though the idea of Instagram is to get people to follow your account, I believe it is quite dangerous as you are providing information to strangers regarding your usual routine and whereabouts. I guess the saying is true- one picture really can say it all.

On another note, there are also reports regarding people who have lost their lives due to a selfie. It is quite ridiculous as to how humans could risk their lives in order to attempt something so dangerous. This epidemic had started in 2014 when The Chainsmokers had used the term #SELFIE which became an international sensation overnight. People had become obsessed with the idea of selfies until a new social trend was born. Yes, you guessed it right. Dangerous selfies were everywhere. It was on Facebook, Instagram, it even became an hashtag, and even better there was a compilation of it on Youtube. People were actually dying to take a good selfie. A very good example would be Russia’s loss of two men in the Urals who were trying to take a selfie with live hand grenades. (Macdonald 2015) Due to continuous deaths, the government had launched a campaign just to warn people regarding the dangers of selfies.

On a similar effort, Ohio State University had came up with a study that suggest men who often post selfies have higher levels of narcissism and psychopathy within their traits. (Benedictus 2015) Communication researcher, Jeese Fox, explains how people who are generally narcissistic have always placed themselves first while they seek confirmation from others to know that they are awesome. This explains the scenario which I had mentioned earlier when people actually spend time and money taking pictures of something they can’t afford. In addition to that, most of these pictures are usually edited to camouflage the actual appearance of the object to gain more likes and comments. In my opinion, the use of filters or editing apps have definitely provided an advantage as men and women are well-equipped with creativity, however this has also provoked other insecurities within themselves. For one, most of them are considering plastic surgery to obtain the ‘perfect’ sillhoute especially for their online presence.

References

Macdonald, F 2015, Selfies have killed more people than sharks this year, reports show, Science Alert, accessed 10/4/2016,

<http://www.sciencealert.com/selfies-have-killed-more-people-than-sharks-this-year-reports-show&gt;

Benedictus, L 2015, 2015: The year of the dangerous selfies, The Guardian, accessed 10/4/2016,

<http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/dec/28/selfies-danger-death-2015&gt;

 

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