‘Selfies’ part of social scene

A BATHROOM mirror, a visible phone and a very bad facial expression.

Taking or seeing a selfie is almost a daily occurrence in the lives of the younger generation. And you're about to get your daily dose.

Social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram are often clogged with selfies of friends and celebrities wanting to show off their pet, dinner, travel destination, friends, new haircut, pregnant belly or made-up face.

You might love them or hate them, but selfies make up an important part of life, according to CQ University's lecturer in multimedia Brendan Murphy.

Look at what happened during the election campaign when candidates paused to take selfies with voters. He said the prevalence of the selfie reflected the ubiquity of smartphones.

"Never before have there been so many cameras, or so many photographs taken," Mr Murphy said.

A bigger social change is the need to share photos, he said.

"Slideshows and albums are gone. We now take photos of ourselves (our cats, our breakfast…) and immediately the results are in our friends' pockets."

However, there are some downsides.

"Issues such as body image were fraught enough when I was young," Mr Murphy said.

"The selfie can now potentially pit whole cohorts of friends against one another in a beauty competition.

"This is something new - it is not like young people are comparing themselves to celebrities in magazines or TV, but they feel they are playing on a level playing field with the "beautiful people" - rubbing elbows with them on Instagram and Tumblr."

This is why it's important for families to discuss ethics behind social media and sharing photos, he said.

 

TIPS:

Make it about your personality and confidence

Look confident, comfortable and relaxed

Avoid messy backgrounds and distracting details

Keep it simple

 

Is your Facebook feed full of other people's selfies?

This poll ended on 20 September 2013.

Current Results

Yes

53%

No

46%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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