The term “selfie” – officially coined in 2012, has evolved into something else. No longer is it merely a picture taken in a mirror with your gal pals before your big 12th birthday party. No, the selfie has taken itself to a new level. Nowadays, people don’t only post selfies to just show where they are; what they’re wearing; who they’re with or what they just bought… They post it for the social gratification associated with these things. We have created a need for our actions to be validated – praised even – by those we might not even know. Saltz (2014) said “selfies have changed aspects of social interaction, body language, self-awareness, privacy, and humor, altering temporality, irony, and public behaviour”. Going off the shift in public behaviour and privacy, one of the things that really gets under my skin is the die-hard fans of people like Kendall and Kylie Jenner who take a solid 5-10 minutes out of their day writing harsh comments saying how they don’t like them or don’t approve of what they’re doing – when they’re following them. This need for validation is giving insecure people either the boost they need or the push they didn’t, and speaking as a fellow selfie-er I feel as though can say that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it – ain’t nobody got time for that.
It’s all a bit awkward when you consider the bigger picture really (pun intended), Saltz (2014) made another interesting point, saying “the distributor of a selfie made it to be looked at by us, right now, and when we look at it, we know that. (And the maker knows we know that.) So basically, you’re uploading photo’s for the social gratification aforementioned, and we all know that’s what you’re doing, and are judging based on how well you created an image of the person you wish to be viewed as. I personally judge those who photoshop images to a silly extent solely for Instagram purposes, but hey, that’s just me.
On a final note, I feel as though I am majorly disadvantaging anybody who can’t appreciate the full capacity of my title for this post, so allow me to enlighten you.
Saltz, J 2014, “Art at Arm’s Length: A History of the Selfie,” Vulture, 27 January, <http://www.vulture.com/2014/01 /history-of-the- selfie.html>