The focus of this blog is to get an understanding why people love taking selfies and how they have become so common in our world today. One of the firsts reasons behind the science of face photos, is that we love to admire others and selfies allow us to notice the face, the beauty and all elements that are portrayed in a persons selfie image.
Below is a video which allows us to acknowledge the different ways of taking a selfie and the techniques it takes to allow the person receiving the selfie to know how to perceive what you are allowing them to see in your image. The individual can make faces such as tired look, sexy look or other sorts of expressions which do not need a caption. It is a new way to communicate in a more personal manner way rather than text or email. These images being sent tell a lot about the person as a selfie is something which is very personal. In the book ‘seeing ourselves through technology: How we use selfies, blogs and wearable devices to see and shape ourselves’ by Jill Walker Rettberg gives us a great explanation by saying ‘We humans have carved, painted, drawn, sculpted and written about ourselves since we first found ways of making marks in the world’. This quotation expresses that not only today is finding away to express our images very much evident but in past history it is also present.
As the selfie image becomes more popular so does our perception of what we should look like. In the video above it is evident in one particular part when the group of girls take a photo that each girl individually reviews the image and each one focuses on there image and there are some who disagree and the image is retook until a level of perception by all individuals is confirmed to being ok for that picture to be released for others to view. The looking glass self is a psychological concept to which expresses how we see ourselves doesn’t come from who we are but rather from how we think others see us. This concept is very much evident when related to selfies as one is taking the image for others to perceive them to being of a high standard. The site Everyday Sociology argues this change has led us to invest more into selfies as part of the work of projecting our identities onto others.
“The more pictures you post of yourself promoting a certain identity—buff, sexy, adventurous, studious, funny, daring, etc.—the more likely it is that others will endorse this identity of you.”
When linking selfies to people it cannot be as defined to one gender such as females being more likely to taking selfies, as today it is very much evenly spread as the male generation become more aware of there appearance and enjoy exposing that to the opposite sex or to friends as do girls. Taking a selfie is a great way for someone to express emotion to others but it is not as straight forward as this as the problems that are linked with them are huge. Bulling is a huge factor in social media and selfies are being exposed through Facebook, snapchat, instagram and all other social media today. The individual may express themselves but this also allows others to express there thoughts on the individual and this is causing difficulties with body image and this epically relates to girls and boys (Fleur, G.).
- Image: McRady, M., (2014), ‘Oscar selfie‘ (www.umagazine.com).
- Book: Rettberg J. W., (2014), ‘seeing ourselves through technology: How we use selfies, blogs and wearable devices to see and shape ourselves’.
- Article: Fleur, G., (2014), ‘Sexting, selfies and self-harm: Young people, social media and the preformance of self-development’, issue 151. http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=353961738626632;res=IELLCC
- Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8woLYwNETeU