Pictures where the user turns the camera to take a picture of themselves is referred to as a “selfie” or self-portrait. Indeed this has been done for eons, however the act became overwhelmingly popular within the last few years spreading like wildfire amongst social media.
I think an occasional picture of yourself is fun for say a new haircut, showing off a new pair of earrings or an experience you really want to remember. Four plus selfies each day is where I find it a bit excessive and just not for me. Did my face change from yesterday? Nope, I am sure it looks exactly the same and right where I left it!
Some might defend their endless selfies and say it isn’t about narcissism but self love. Heck, I am all about self love! The one caveat with this theory is self love requires no validation of any kind because it is internal. Once that selfie leaves the confines of your iPhone camera roll and uploaded to the world of social media, it can now be ‘liked’, judged, scrutinized, etc. Self love should be within your heart and require no ego stroking of any kind, it is generated within you.
Where is the line drawn between self love and narcissism? A very interesting article was written by Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D for Psychology Today in regards to selfies: Are Selfies a Sign of Narcissism and Psychopathy? To me, it seems that excessive selfies aren’t really about self love but indulging personal vanity and seeking praise/validation. Believe me, there are many other fascinating people, places and things to photograph!
Agree or disagree? I’d love to hear your viewpoint!