As smart phones started promising us better pixels in rear cameras, we couldn’t stop ourselves from investing more into phones for the sake of better pictures. The obsession reignited when the phone companies introduced front cameras and the concept of a ‘Selfie’. Now, we live in a time when companies promise better pixels in the front camera than even the rear camera.
What exactly is happening here? What happens when you give in to the selfie taking culture and what makes you do that?
The Hidden Essence Of The Term – Selfie
Selfie in itself means ‘taken by oneself’. That means you’ll rarely need a helping hand with whom you need to make small talk with, request for a click or even bid a thank you or good bye. Since you’re entirely on your own now and have a desire to maintain that individuality, you start finding your bubble quite essential and private now. Well, stop and wonder if you miss that brief social contact with your co-passers-by and what happens when you put yourself at the centre of everything and ignore the rest.
Crop, Scale, Filter!
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Even if we make peace with the obsession to click oneself too often, how can we overlook the process of edits that follow? Loving seeing yourself, then, transforms into loving yourself in particular filters. The unending options of these changes and add-ons then make selfie-taking popular among teenagers and the youth. This desire to control how one is seen on the social platform is fulfilled by controlling how one is being clicked.
The Psychological Take
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Let’s bring in a theoretical take over obsessive selfie-taking by pointing out what Psychology has to say about it. Apparently, there has been talks about an addition to the range of mental disorders termed ‘Selfitis’ which links obsessive selfie taking culture to lack of intimacy and self-esteem among people. For someone who is too much selfie taking might be doing so in a desire to control the environment where photos need to be taken, to keep afoot in the competition of posting on social media, to boost one’s low self-confidence by controlling how they look and then feel good about themselves and/or to simply fit into an already obsessive selfie-taking peer group. However, more research is needed to confirm if the condition can befall into the category of a recognized disorder or not.
However, apart from the seriousness of the issue, selfies nevertheless help us in keeping memories on many occasions and decreases the unpleasantness of loneliness. But we still can’t deny the flip side of selfie taking as pointed out here and the seriousness of its addiction if it continues beyond the playful territory.