I was at an event a few days ago and the speed and regularity with which people posed for pictures of themselves taken by themselves led me to dub the mostly young crowd ‘the selfie generation’ in my mind.
Go to the instagram page of an average teenager or early twenty something (and even older) and see tons of self portraits aka selfies, taken from different angles, in the weirdest of locations – bathrooms are very popular – and you’ll understand what I mean.
Why do we love selfies so much? The following excerpt from an article on the Buffersocial blog, The Psychology of Selfies, might have some answers.
So self-portraits are about self-image—how we define ourselves.
They’re also a way to figure out who we are. The “looking-glass self” is a psychological concept that says that how we see ourselves doesn’t come from who we really are, but rather from how we think others see us.
And now that we can A) take a selfie in mere moments, and B) share them with thousands of people online at any time, the impact that others have on our self-value has increased.
The site Everyday Sociology argues that this change has led us to invest more into selfies as part of the work of projecting our identities onto others: “The more pictures you post of yourself promoting a certain identity—buff, sexy, adventurous, studious, funny, daring, etc.—the more likely it is that others will endorse this identity of you.”
The article goes on to talk about why we love looking at others (which would explain the amount of time we spend on instagram), how to take better selfies and how selfies can become a marketing tool for your business.
I agree with the article to a certain extent. The only times I take a selfie are to check what other people see when they look at me. When I decide to share those selfies though, it’s not that deep. It’s usually to show off something: my hair most of the time.
I do know that selfies have become a big part of our lives today and will continue to be. Our reasons for taking and sharing them as different as the poses we strike for them.
While I wait for your comments on why you love taking selfies, *strikes pose*.
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