Selfie Stigma – #AtoZChallenge

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When was the last time you visited a new place and left without taking a ‘selfie’? If you somehow never really cared about the need for a selfie, well good for you! But if you did, err..there might be an issue here. I wouldn’t deny the fact that I’m afraid I’ll soon be a part of the latter bandwagon. The world is going insane with selfies since 2013. It turned out to be the easiest way to blur out the thin line between self-love and self-obsession.

I remember going for vacations to enjoy the scenic beauty or click a picture or two with a camera. Taking photographs never really appeared to come in the way while enjoying the place I was in. I used to live the moment by experiencing the atmosphere and feeling astounded by nature’s beauty. I could cherish my moments at the location without any deviation or distraction. But I’m no longer able to take pleasure in the place I visit. I feel urged to take a selfie. Even if I don’t, I’m unable to appreciate the place I’m in due to the innumerable selfie sticks and selfie circus going on around me. The aura and the vibe that a tourist spot is supposed to radiate is lost. There is some sort of commotion resulting out of the selfie mania that keeps taking away peace. It is acceptable to take a selfie or two for remembrance. But the urge to keep clicking until we get the right one and the urge to post it on various social media platforms, kills the pleasure we need to take from the atmosphere around. The enjoyment slowly turns to stress due to the inability to click satisfying selfies. We no longer care about the destination we are in. We start bothering more about the number of ‘likes’  we get for the posted selfie rather than cherishing the moment amidst nature’s beauty.

Selfie has become a mandatory trademark or advertisement of anything and everything people do. No matter what activity they indulge in, no matter where they are and with who they are, a selfie has become a ‘the must’ aspect of everything. It’s pathetic to realize that few people even started working for a social cause only to advertise their selfies for fame or for an applaud of their good deeds. Selfies have also turned out to be the new autographs. People no longer care for a signed autograph on their books when they meet their favorite author. All they look forward for is a selfie with them!

The selfie revolution has some adverse impact on the younger generation. Youngsters are turning out to be so obsessed with it, that whatever they do, buy or wear or visit, it’s only for one sole reason- The selfie! Various theories stating that selfie obsession may indicate narcissism have already started emerging.

Though it may sound more like a fun and self- loving phenomena at the beginning, the extent to which it is being used is a matter of concern. It no longer signifies self love but is paving way for unnecessary mental disorders.

The need of the hour is not a selfie, but a phone without a front camera! Because too much of anything always turns out ruinous.

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17 thoughts on “Selfie Stigma – #AtoZChallenge

  1. Nitin

    Selfi-cation of the humans is on rampant. It’s going to be epidemic soon. 🙂

    PS – Migration to a new domain got bungled. So reconnecting with you via a new blog. Kindly reconnect by clicking on the pic and refollowing my blog 🙂

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  2. Killjoy …. Had to say that first otherwise, being an ardent WTF are selfies all about person, the start of this comment would have no impact at all. I have views…it may shock you to learn this but now and then I do and I feel selfie tech falls into quote one on my challenge

    https://fictionisfood.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/quote-challenge-day-1/#more-405

    Contentious it maybe but reality often is 😇

    Seriously, though I get selfies until
    1. I get hit by some infernal stick thrust into my path and near lose an eye (granted hyperbole rules) and
    2. Holiday snaps are full of grins and strange facial expressions and bereft of the location…I see a new enterprise…the anywhere holiday green screen…buy this and take a selfie with a backdrop of your choice. Comes with free software and complimentary selfie stick…term and conditions apply.

    How would we know though? I mean…where did you go on holiday?
    Indonesia
    Nice….but how come you have 400 photos of your face and a leaf?

    I digress….S is indeed a good post my friend…apologies for soap pugilism it is a terrible habit 🙃

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    1. That’s a wonderful habit, please never stop doing that! 😀 And you never stop to amaze me with your thoughts on my posts! 🙂 Haha, it was funny when I thought about 400 pictures with just a leaf and my face with stupid expressions. lol. Free selfie stick, I bet it will turn out to be one of the hottest offers! We live in a crazy world! Thank you Gary, yet again, for reading and your wonderful comments 🙂

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  3. Pretty apt! The craze is well and truly on everywhere you see. Although a selfie has its benefits, a check on how many is too many is required on an individual level. I feel the selfie stick is one of the most grotesque and obscene manifestations of vanity. But given tat they are all the rage, maybe it’s just me and my crazy mind.
    Nice thoughtful post. Happy blogging. God bless. 🙂

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    1. So true! How many is too many, very much needs to be identified. Nowadays, photo galleries are filled with just selfies and nothing else. I feel your pain about the selfie stick my friend. :D. Thank you for your amazing comment! 🙂

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