Selfie: Good or Bad?

The selfie, also known as a self-portrait taken by a smartphone, is used for self-expression. However, many argue that this fad is a sign of narcissism. I disagree. First off, self-portraits have been about for much longer than many seem to remember. Now that everyone has access to a digital camera and are able to post pictures of themselves, we are all the sudden a vain world. A selfie is much less exhaustive than posing in front of a painter for hours, hiring a photographer to take a picture of your best angle, or waiting for film to develop; a selfie can be done just by simply holding your camera at arms length and sharing it by just the click of a button. Sure we filter, retouch, or shade the edges but isn’t this much simpler than the age when a selfie wasn’t so easily accomplished? Second, selfies are a way of recording memories and charting our lives. As a Instagram fanatic, I post selfies quite a bit and it isn’t for the approval of others. I post these pictures in order to share thoughts, memories, feelings, ideas, etc. Sometimes a selfie is the best photo to share with the description involved. I am not looking for social acceptance; I just enjoy sharing my life with others, just like I enjoy reading about others. Third, I am confidant not self-obsessed. I am confident enough take pictures of myself and share them with others because I feel happy, beautiful, and excited, regardless of what others think. I love sharing those feelings and excitements with others so that it may encourage them too. In addition, when I post these pictures its like a digital diary. I can look back and view my life as it was then. Is a written diary or autobiography better or less conceited than my Instagram? I do not believe Anne Frank was self-obsessed, I believe she wanted to express her feelings and hidden thoughts. Perhaps she wanted to look back and see how much her life has changed and how differently she sees the world now. Maybe I do too. Fourth, I believe that posting these pictures of ourselves gives us more power against the ideals of perfection that is sadly portrayed day to day. We can post pictures and view pictures of real people and reclaim authentic beauty by using selfies. Now, to play devils advocate…I think there are people out there that take selfies and crave the attention of their peers, but for myself that is not the case. I love and respect myself enough to use selfies as a communication tool not a way to prove something to others or myself.

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About Megan Bouchillon

A short background: Youtuber, vlogger, blogger whichever, best wife ever, crafts, a challenge, instagram ( I think in my head i'm a pro) , college football, singing at the top of my lungs, sipping on sweet tea, soccer is my passion, paperbacks & adventures

One response to “Selfie: Good or Bad?

  1. I like how you tied in the history of the selfie to the self portrait. It’s something that I never thought of, but it’s brilliant! It makes complete sense though. What is the difference between taking s photo of yourself to display and having a paining done of yourself? If we’re being honest here, the painting is probably more narcissistic.

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