Let’s talk about selfie!
Millions of selfies are uploaded worldwide each day on diverse social media platforms.
With it comes tons of ‘likes’, ‘shares’ and social media acclaim and transient celebrity status.
And since 9JA no dey carry last, we dey represent wella on selfie things.
According to the Oxford English dictionary , a selfie is described as, “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a Smartphone or webcam and shared via social media”. The coinage of the word ‘selfie’ is credited to an Australian Nathan Hope. It was first used by him in 2012 to describe a photograph showing injuries he sustained on the lips after a drink induced accident on his 21st birthday party.
In November 2013 , selfie was announced as the “word of the year” by the Oxford English Dictionary.
You wan try 9JA people for selfie posing? The bending, the smiling, one leg up and one hand down. A the pout abi the jumping moves, the squatting moves and even the flying moves. Just leave that matter. The volume , intensity, daring and complexity of selfies posted on the social media daily caused some pranksters to declare it a new mental disorder.
They posted a bulletin claiming that the new disorder was called ‘selfitis.’ They categorised the disease into three stages.
• Borderline selfitis : taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day but not posting them on social media
• Acute selfitis: taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day and posting each of the photos on social media
• Chronic selfitis: Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than six times a day
Selfies can be fun no doubt but for some people the act of taking and posting selfies have reached…. be careful levels oh.
They simply can’t stop snapping, posting and seeking the perfect social media photo. It’s either morning things, eating things, flexing things and crossing road things.
Na waoh. Sundays are the koko…. each step from waking up, dressing up, leaving home, arriving church and subsequent return home from church is snapped and uploaded .
Psychologists now say taking selfies can turn into an addiction. This is not surprising given that addiction to social media especially facebook is known.
If you mention twitter and Ogbeni Trump, na you sabi oh.
A 19 year old selfie addict in the UK actually attempted suicide after unsuccessfully spending hours taking numerous pictures with the obsession to take the perfect picture which proved elusive.
Too much posting of selfies has also been postulated to damage friendships and relationships.
Selfies can be detrimental to a person’s mental health and indulging in them is said to be indicative of low self esteem, attention seeking behaviour and self-indulgence.
To add to the wahala , several serious injuries and deaths have occurred in the act or process of taking Selfie. In the attempt to garner ‘likes’ and ‘hailings’, the bar is continually being raised.
Selfies are now taken in high risk situations and circumstances and even accident scenes and disaster areas are not spared.
Morals, ethics and the typical African respect and inhibitions have all been thrown to the dogs in the obsession to get the ultimate selfie.
At this rate, trusting our 9JA business instinct, someone would soon surface and include selfie addiction as one of the diseases caused by the staphylococcus group .
In the spirit of helping that sharp bro, I suggest the causative organism be called Staphylococcus selfitum and the herbal one term cure drug be called selifiquimycin! Dats all.