Selfie: An Obsession?

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Lately I have been wondering what is it that keeps people glued to social media. The reason could either be to stay connected with friends and family or to get rid of boredom. For some, social media also serves the purpose of gaining virtual attention.

As I scroll down my Facebook newsfeed, a line of selfies appear on my wall. I wonder why would anyone take pictures of themselves early in the morning.

Be it President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi or the Hollywood stars at the Oscars, all of their selfies can be found on social media websites. Most people active on social media these days upload selfies and chances are, you might have done it too.

Thanks to social media, we can now constantly take pictures of ourselves and tell the virtual world all the amazing things that we do. Simply put, a selfie tells others, this is me, this is how I am and this is what I usually do.

The question is: How did the trend of taking selfies emerge? Is it because of the boost in technology or are we a part of a narcissistic generation?

The growth in the trend of taking selfies has led many to conduct research on this new behavioural change. Studies have shown that taking too many selfies is an indication of a mental disorder. There are many other such suppositions regarding taking of selfies.

Taking a selfie is often said to be narcissistic behaviour. Some say taking and uploading selfies on social media is a way of boosting one‘s self-esteem. Many also argue that it is a way to brag of one’s lifestyle. Despite such arguments, Facebook and Instagram are filled with selfies or group selfies, which at times become annoying to look at.

Today, we not only search for content that meets our needs but we also create things to gratify us. We live in a society where we value fame, sometimes even correlating it with happiness. We constantly seek the attention of others in a virtual, cyber world by posting statuses and pictures on our personal social media pages.

I am not suggesting that engaging in social media activity is right or wrong for our society. But shouldn’t there be more to social media than just taking selfies?

If you can engage in the virtual world, you cansurely involve more in the real world too. For those obsessed with taking selfies, I am certainly not against your taking of selfies, but what I am suggesting is for you to immerse yourself wholly in life’s experiences without taking out time just to take a selfie. Take time to explore the offline world as well. There is more to it than taking a selfie.

Valentina Telien Kom

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