Why Are Selfies So Popular?

Why Are Selfies So Popular?

Exploring the reasons why selfies have become the biggest and best way to take pictures
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Selfies. They have become the ultimate way to take pictures. “Would you mind taking a picture of us?” has been obliterated, for the most part. It’s become the norm to use the front-facing camera rather than the back. Selfies are fun, easy ways to capture a moment. This generation has become so selfie-obsessed that we have taken to posting selfies daily and even created an app to instantly show off our latest ones. You can turn your head in practically every direction and see a phone up in the air and a silly expression on someone’s face. This has led me to wonder: what is so appealing about selfies? Why have they become our preferred method of being photographed?

On Instagram, nearly 300 million photos are tagged with the hashtag “selfie,” a number that is constantly increasing. People take multiple selfies at a time so they have options as to which one to immediately post and even spend time making sure they look good for the sole purpose of taking selfies.

Why do we prefer this method of picture taking, though? According to psychology lecturer Dr. Terri Apter, it is a definition of self. She states that “[people] like being sort of in control of [their] image and getting attention, being noticed, [and] being part of the culture.” We as a society enjoy being in control of every aspect of our lives, so why not control the picture we appear in by taking them ourselves? Self portraits are how we define ourselves, and rather than allow someone else to do that for us, we take charge.

There is another reason for why selfies are so popular amongst not only the younger generation, but also older generations as well. There is a psychological concept called the “looking-glass self.” Sociologist Charles Cooley determined that people grow from their social interactions with others and form an image of themselves based on how they believe others perceive them. When people post selfies, they tend to monitor the amount of likes and comments they get on each photo. Pictures that attract more attention tend to have human faces in them, so what better than to post than a selfie? It helps to boost self-esteem and self-image, especially in girls and women. In a TODAY/AOL survey of teenage girls, 65% said that seeing these pictures on social media boosts their confidence.

As great as posting selfies may feel, overposting can attract negativity. It can seem as if someone is an attention seeker, selfish, or bragging about themselves. The more you post, the less people will respond, due to the flooding of their feeds with your face.

We take selfies because we want to be loved and accepted, as well as to love and accept who we are. Having confidence in ourselves and our image allows us to proudly and comfortably open up to the world. We join in on selfies so that we can be a part of the moment rather than behind the camera for it. Don't be shy or embarrassed! Take your phone, flip it to the front facing camera, and snap away.

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If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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