Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Selfie Craze

By Barrington H. Brennen

We have certainly come a long way with modern technology.  Who would have thought that we could hold a phone in our hands and take our own photos or a group photo and then send them instantly anywhere around the world on a social media platform--Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, etc.   To take even more real and beautiful photos of yourself, you can attach a selfie stick to the phone to extend it away from yourself.  It can also allow you to take photos from unusual positions and make it look as though someone is taking the photo.

Ann Steele, a marriage and family therapist, writes in an article entitled, “What Do #Selfies Say about The Psychology of You?” the following:  “Finding fulfillment is one reason why the selfie has become such a focal point in people's lives. People take selfies of just about anything and everything they do in their lives and post pictures on social media sites where hundreds of people will see them. Only a couple of decades ago, people with that much exposure would have been considered celebrities. Many people believe that this generation is the one that was brought up on the idea that they are special, that they can achieve anything.”   Wow!  That’s positive.   Writer Ryan Maher states that people take selfies because they want to be loved, accepted, and need connection.  Just writing about this is exciting.   However, there is a dark side to all of this.  Read more >>