Why do people take selfies so much?

Nowadays, most people can’t do a single thing without taking a selfie first. Selfies are the norm. Go on any social networking site, and you are bound to come across a selfie sooner or later, if not right now. Instagram, especially, is a particular victim of selfies. Among the myriad pictures of nails, sunsets, dogs, babies and outfit-of-the-day, you’ve got selfies.

There are loads of people who take selfies. Some just take a selfie for their profile picture. Others hit the motherlode when you look at their walls. These people include, especially, celebrities and people with low self-esteem. Sometimes it’s all right to take a selfie, because then you’re at a special event, you just won something, and the like:

 

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But sometimes people take selfies just for no reason, or to fetch compliments. When you hit the like button, you’re basically sending a compliment. A lot of people who take selfies for compliments seem to have low self-esteem. Are selfies the new therapy for low self-esteem?

Studies show that taking more selfies can throw relationships to the wayside. People who often post selfies become more focused on themselves and their looks, and less caring about others. (I even read this article about this rude police officer in Turkey who looked the other way–posted a selfie–while a guy who’d been trying to commit suicide for months was finally successful.) Also, while selfie evangelists say, selfies are good because they empower women, I think it would teach people–not just women–to worry more about their physical looks rather than who they really are as a person. The selfie can only say how you look, not who you are. You could be what people call ugly but also be a person capable of the production behind a box-office Frozen success or the author of the next Harry Potter.

And I’m pretty sure therapy is not therapy if it involves doing something at the expense of others. So, to all the selfie posters with low self-esteem, I know this is not therapy, but:

The baby panda has spoken.

 

 

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