Monday, July 21, 2014

The 'Selfie' mania


Okay, I will go crazy if I don't get it off my chest. What is with the selfie mania that seems to be going on? Or is it just me? I do get it that some of us love to flaunt our glamorous/ cool selfies. But what is it with the pathetic selfies that I see sometimes mostly on Facebook? 

According to Wikipedia, "A selfie is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as FacebookInstagramSnapchat, and Tumblr. They are often casual, and are typically taken either with a camera held at arm's length or in a mirror."

And this what Google had to tell me - "Occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself everyday isn't necessary." Google, I couldn't possibly agree with you more on this one. 

The other day, I saw this girl on my friends list (don't ask me how she ended up there, long story) has posted this weird selfie. Where she looks somewhere between confused/ weird/ constipated. And for this she gets a lot of likes and few comments! 

I would get it if it was a nice click or even an average selfie. But this one was downright oh-I'm-so-trying-to-be-cool kind of a selfie. What is it with people? Can't they just pose normally for one? Or even smiling for it would not have looked half as bad as it did. 

I'm sure she is a friendly girl and has a lot of friends. But selfies like these are simply taking things a bit too far and testing the patience of those viewing it. 

Oh yes, I can imagine what you are thinking. Why don't I just remove her from my list? But sometimes when I feel down, I take her profile, go through her selfies and remind myself that life could actually be a lot worse. 


P.S. This is just my opinion and I have nothing against selfies in general. Well, as long as it doesn't hurt my eyes. 

P.P.S. I'm generally not this rude, but this one was simply asking for it.  

This post is written for Day 21 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge for July 2014 and NaBloPoMo



25 comments:

  1. according to American Psychiatric Association, selfie is a mental disorder. although i admit that i sometimes take photos of myself or me and a group of friends, i agree with you that most people are going over the edge with taking selfies. it's crazy how it's come to this.

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    1. Indeed, it can turn into a mental disorder if not kept in check! As long as it's kept in check, everyone should be happy :) Thanks for reading :)

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  2. Hahahaha... totally agree! Occasional ones are okay but a selfie a day keeps the people away :-P

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    1. So true! :D Thanks for reading, Reema :)

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  3. haha! couldn't agree more! And I am not sure if it's just me, but thanks to the likes and comments their awesome selfie is just stuck at the top on news feed as a constant reminder for you to stay away form FB for a while :D

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    1. Hahahaa... :D Yes, it is a punishment for having such 'popular' folks in our list in the first place! Glad to see that I'm not alone here, Shanx :)

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  4. lolololol. well, I once wrote about my hate for selfies. So I hear you on this one babe!!:)

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    1. Thanks Red :) Your post on the 'Duck face culture' is one my favorite reads!

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  5. Couldn't agree more! Whatever happened to posing for cameras the normal way! Yeah, selfies are okay but posting one every other day is simply too much. Totally loved the duck pic :)

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    1. Thank you, Keirthana! Some people seem to be clueless as to where the line should be drawn between the two :D

      The duck pic is cute, right? :D

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  6. Lol.. Couldn't agree more.Fed up seeing selfies everywhere, I wanted to try 'the Selfie' too. But every time I tried taking one I got a feeling that it's weird! And I've never posted one :P
    Loved the duck pic :)

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    1. Thank you! Selfies or anything for that matter is okay as long as people don't go overboard! The duck picture was too cute to resist :)

      Welcome to my blog!

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  7. The duckie is so cute :D I haven't produced a decent selfie till date ;) Don't know why people are selfie-obsessed :) You're spot on with your article :)

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    1. Yes, the duckie is awesome, na? Don't worry about not clicking a selfie. It's better not to have pathetic ones! The ones that I clicked somehow always ends up in me looking bloated!

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  8. Monkey See, Monkey Do is what the society is reduced to...

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  9. 1. You weren't rude.
    2. Selfie fever's on, more like a flu. It will eventually fade (or so I hope!).
    I totally agree when you say, maybe sometimes it's okay, I'd even care to look. But everyday or every few hours(person on FB) it gets me crazy. I think self-approval is what they need! :/

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    1. I would say there is some amount of low self esteem in those cases. It's like the popularity of a person is determined by the number of 'likes' a person gets on their pictures! Stupid logic, but it works most of the times :D I have still not understood why some people need to feel appreciated solely based on the 'likes'.

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  10. he he he :) I like that you have her in the list jsut to tell you that :) I need to find someone like that but then maybe I AM on someone's list for just that purpose :)

    the Like syndrome, people will press the like button for anything and everything , without looking It is Fashionable these days :)

    Bikram's

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    1. Bikram, I'm sure you are not on anybody's list merely for that ;) And I do agree with the clicking Like. There are people even liking the death or sickness of people (But why they would post that on FB in the first place is beyond me).

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  11. I know someone who takes a selfie every couple of hours. I'm beginning to think it is a disorder.

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    1. WTF! Yes, you are right. It is a disorder. A mental one.

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  12. What a delightful read! The phrase "go f**k your selfie" comes to mind. ;-)

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  13. I am bad at selfies. PERIOD !
    and too many selfies do irritate me :(

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