When was the last time you took a selfie? Was I this morning to display how you, “work up like this” or maybe it was while you were out on campus as the sun shined at high noon. Whenever it may have been or whatever your purpose, the act of taking selfies has become almost second nature. Yet, have you ever considered the process of taking a selfie? In most cases, this may begin by recognizing that you look particularly dashing that day; face beat and all, and you want to capture the moment in time. So it begins: you need the right lighting, the right angle, and the right smile to display your beauty. Picture after picture (side view angle, smize, duck lips and all), until you’ve comprised over 20 selfies to choose to TwitPic to your followers or share with your friends on Instagram. But for what? For a few likes or a comment saying, “Gorgeous!” and “Yassss, you better work!” Seems kind of narcissistic don’t you say? Lol
Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my filter-less selfies just as much as the new girl, but I really had to take the time to exam my behavior when it came to this new phenomena. One night, I spent over 30 minutes just trying to capture the “perfect” shot so that I could post it Instagram. 30 minutes??? Really?!? Without a doubt, I could have used that time more productively, but I had a good hair day and wanted to share.
So what’s my point? I’m suggesting that you practice safe selfie-ing. Look both ways before crossing into the field of filters, and post cautiously. Social media is one of the best technological advancements that this world has seen thus far, but can be abused at times. Not every moment needs to be snapped and posted for the world to see. While you are out with your friends, are you really living in that moment or are you just rushing to get a shot of the moment in? It’s easy to use venues like Instagram as a personal scrap book, but why not make you own and have a tangible representation of all the memories you’ve created?
If you are a chronic “Instagram uploader” and post 3-4 pictures a day, try toning it down a bit; your pictures nor your followers are going anywhere (it can wait). And if you need Instagram comments to make you feel beautiful or seem like you have a social life, then I suggest you spend some time away from the iPhone to get to know yourself from the inside out. You are fearfully and wonderfully made no matter how many “likes” you get, Queen. Don’t be a Selfie Slave™ .
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