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Selfies set out to conquer the world

By Staff Editorial
On May 5, 2014


A new craze has taken over Americans' cell phones, cameras and most recently the radio: The Selfie.

Taking a picture of yourself, recently dubbed as taking a "selfie" was harmless at first. Now with the innovation and explosion of apps like Snapchat, the Extreme Selfie Challenge and the song #SELFIE by The Chainsmokers, taking selfies has gotten out of hand. There are over 103 million posts on Instagram tagged with #selfie, along with many variations of the tag including #selfiesfordays, #selfiesunday and #selfienation

I really should explain how it's a problem but first let me take a selfie

Snapchat is an app that allows people to take pictures and send them to their friends for a maximum of 10 seconds before they disappear. This app is a key agitator in the selfie crisis because it makes sending selfies effortless and instantaneous. In fact, we just sent a selfie to our best friend through Snapchat. #AllWorkNoPlay

The most frustrating thing about Snapchat may be the amount of "snapping" done in public. Sending selfies in the middle of class is distracting to other classmates, especially when the sound isn't off. It can be even more embarrassing when the instructor notices you making strange faces at your backpack or in your lap...

Oh, so that selfie I took earlier? I only got 10 likes in the last five minutes. I think I'm going to take it down. Let me take another selfie.

In addition to apps, there are also online challenges to take the most unique selfie. Many of these selfies are in strange positions and places, such as climbing on top of sinks or doors and taking a picture of oneself in the mirror. 

There is also an app for that: Selfie Challenge. This app is self explanatory: Selfie Challenge offers various ideas for selfie taking. The suggestions vary in difficulty, from taking a picture in a bathroom mirror to taking a selfie while doing a headstand. In addition, users can try to "outselfie" others who have completed the similar challenge.

Although it may seem fun to try to climb up the wall and hang upside down over the top of the door to take a unique selfie, it's dangerous - very dangerous. The short spotlight of Internet fame is not worth breaking an arm or a leg.

Wait, pause. My friend's brother just liked my selfie. What a creep.

Unfortunately, society has become overwhelmed by this desire to share our face to the world through a selfie. Posting our selfies online through social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram make us dependent on a reaction from others. We're hoping our best friend or significant other will like it but feel disgusted when someone we are not close with likes it. 

With the constant snapping, sending and posting of selfies, people are becoming narcissistic. People constantly retake pictures of themselves and post them online because they think all their friends, friends of friends and those possibly mutual but more like 'took science with them last semester' friends want to know what they are doing.

Should people stop taking pictures all together? No, there is little wrong with taking a selfie every once in a while. The problem arises when taking a selfie gets obsessive: Taking one every few minutes or taking a ton of pictures at once. 

Taking selfies isn't necessarily bad. Twitter and Instagram are always abuzz with entertaining selfies from celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres' group selfie taken during the 86th annual Oscars. This selfie was retweeted around two million times in two hours during the broadcast. As a result, Twitter crashed. The Oscar selfie currently has almost 3.5 million retweets.  

So, please take selfies responsibly. It's fine to take a picture hanging out with friends but remember you are with friends. So focus on spending time with them rather than posting a picture every five minutes.

May is National Photo Month, so to celebrate the Communiqué staff wants to see your selfies. Please send your selfies to our Facebook page, But please, #Keepitclean.

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