Ruby van Hamersveld- Selfie or self-obsessed?

In the age of social media, have we lost all meaning when it comes to taking a Selfie? Selfies are a great way to capture memorable moments and share them with online friends. They don’t seem all that life-altering, but, some psychologist fear that selfies can promote narcissism and preoccupation with one’s self.  Even more damaging is that men and women compare themselves to high-profile models which has led to dangerous behaviors.

It appears that social media has eroded our confidence and feeling of self-worth to the point that our need to feel accepted by those around you directly correlates by how many ‘likes’ you receive on Facebook or Instagram.

In this day and age women are known to compare themselves to popular celebrities which society conveys as ‘Perfection’. Using these apparent role models, women critique themselves as they feel that they are not what society calls ‘beautiful’ which can lead to unrealistic expectations, OCD, low self-esteem, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)  and more. Little do they know, is that many people feel this way, including men, who take extreme risks to make themselves ‘perfect’. Many spend thousands on plastic surgery, Botox, steroids to photo shopping themselves to accentuate or thin-out a body part. In the majority of cases, men and women still feel that they are truly not beautiful or worthy due to the number of ‘likes’ they get or don’t get.

With people being absorbed in their phones it is unlikely to see anyone physically talk to one another. All you see is self-indulged people, too busy texting rather than talking, too busy taking photos of their food or themselves than making eye-contact to the other person. Many have lost the notion or ability to communicate with each other as well as losing the true meaning of manners and self-worth due to their obsession with their phones, thinking it’s acceptable to take half-naked photos of themselves and share them online.

In today’s world where every phone is equipped with a camera, instead of asking should Primary and High school students be allowed to have phones with cameras, we should be asking if they are mature enough to handle social media platforms and society’s demands of them.


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