I don’t take selfies or self-portraits but my friends on Facebook do. So, how many photos of yourself are saved on your phone right now?
Currently, there are 300 million photos labeled as selfie on Instagram. But why do we love taking and viewing selfies?
Figuring Out Who You Are and Being in Control
Dr. Terri Apter of the Cambridge University said that this behavior is a form of self-definition or branding.
People take selfies because they want to figure out who they really are and present their image to others.
She added that the idea of being in control of your image and getting the attention of others are other reasons people love taking self-portratis.
Plus, people want to be noticed and be part of a certain culture that’s why they take selfies and post them online.
Selfies are a way for you to portray a certain version of yourself to the world. It’s like telling your friends and others “this is who I am.”
Self-portraits can be a powerful statement.
They can sometimes inspire people.
However, for some, selfie is way for them to try to stand out among the masses. It is their brand or a statement to the world.
Being Part of Something
Self-portraits may also help you be part of something.
The #nomakeupselfies became a trend asking participants to share their self-portraits without makeup online.
This kind of effort offers a positive effect to some of the participants as they felt like they became a part of something big.
In this word, becoming a part of a group means that you’re safe and comfortable. This feeling is a normal human behavior.
Remember the time when two of the great leaders in the world took selfies during the memorial service of Nelson Mandela?
It brought criticisms. The two leaders came under fire for such act.
When people choose among their self-portraits, they sometimes lose their judgment as they want those photos to get out soon.
The impulse of self-promotion is there. But the impulsiveness may always lead to poor judgment.
Self-portraits may also harm relationships. In a study conducted in UK, researchers found that a person who frequently posts selfies on social media ranked lower on the intimacy scales.
But selfies aren’t at all bad.
Self-portraits may help improve your self-esteem. Although some people think that you’re a narcissist, the effects of these photos can actually bolster self-confidence.
Furthermore, teenage girls think that when they post their self-portraits online, they’re presenting their best faces to the world.
Whether you like it or not, a selfie is a person’s identity. It could be about finding yourself or getting to know yourself.
It’s your mark to the world.
It’s your way of telling the world that you’re here.
Selfies can be good or bad for us. It really depends on how often you take them.
It also depends on how you’re using your self-portraits. If you’re taking to have a memento of living a great life, then that would be fine.
What do you think of selfies? Do you love or hate looking at your friends’ self-portraits?