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Selfie Culture is out of control

Opinion: Selfies have disturbed society by setting unauthentic features as BEAUTY STANDARDS. 

Idea of selfie throughout the ages

People have been taking pictures of themselves since ages. In early times, kings and queens used to sit and wait for hours for their pictures to be painted or sculpted. In other words, taking an image of oneself isn’t unusual; it’s practically human nature.

Photographic self-portraits have been around since 1839 it was not until the invention of the compact digital camera that the selfie boomed in popularity.

The word “selfie” has become a well-known term across the globe lately. The Oxford dictionary added the word “selfie” to their online dictionary this August. Their definition: “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”

Fake Standards

The media often hits us with what the ideal body standard  is, so people want their selfie games to be strong, which involves a lot of takes, not just one. Image presentation has become a very hard task to look flawless. 

There are a lot of positive aspects of selfie culture but there’s also a few negative ones as well.

The positive aspect is that this has brought self confidence in people It’s an act of bravery and vulnerability, opening yourself up to the internet and alot of audience regardless of the criticism that might come in the way  As for every like and complement in the comments, there’s a troll around and waiting to bring everyone down to their disgusting level.

Sharing a selfie is an act of acceptance  because not only are you accepting your body but by showing the world you are, they can too.Unfortunately, ideal images tend to get stuck in our heads and it’s easy to take a hundred photos until we take that perfect one, which we may proceed to edit until we’re totally satisfied.

Selfies are popular, but is it really getting out of hand?

  • Flower crowns and puppy faces, it’s all there 
  • Doctors have claimed a raise in the bar of the patients who want to look good by surgeries and medication.
  • The app filters with fake lashes , lips and eyes have lowered the originality of the individuals

Beauty Filters and popular Apps 

On 15 September 2015, Snapchat gave its users a selfie booster. Snapchat introduced its latest feature allowing users to send each other photos with animated facial filters. These ‘lenses’ were activated through the app, puppy ears or being able to vomit rainbows.

Users were able to drastically alter their selfies. Unlike the process of transforming someone’s face into a puppy you wouldn’t have thought that adding a simple accessory to a selfie would change actual features of the individual. 

However, the selfie first got popular through Flickr in 2004 but now other apps such as Instagram and Facebook have also introduced their own filters of enhancements. These  apps now offer the chance to hide insecurities. Showing a filter-free face to the public is a thing of the past and running selfies through a photo editor or applying a facial filter on social media is becoming standard. 

Instead of promoting individuality and unique traits, we are masking them with a veil of standardised facial filters to enhance attractiveness. Anyone under the age of 20 will definitely have a handful of pictures on their social media with some kind of facial filter applied. who wouldn’t want a great jawline, slim nose and perfectly smooth complexion.

I think, excessive selfie-taking is often interpreted as a sign of low self-worth. The idea that selfies are somehow damaging our mental health is spreading. However, the evidence shows that the link between selfies and well-being is not straight.The results of psychological research exploring selfies and self-esteem are mixed. 

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