Eliza Fitzgerald – Selfie or Self-Obsessed?

Over the past few years, selfies have taken over the social media world, becoming more and more popular as the days have passed. Whether you’re 5, 15 or even 50, everyone can admit to have taking a selfie. But when is enough, enough?

These days, people (especially women) are insecure about their appearances. Whether it be their hair, skin or size, they are ashamed of who they are. Women are constantly comparing themselves to people on social media and feel upset when they don’t look like that person. Little do they know, the picture has most likely been edited thoroughly, or even photoshopped, and the person is probably wearing all the makeup they have. I mean, do you think Kylie Jenner wakes up looking like her most recent selfie? Or that Kim Kardashian’s selfie lighting is natural? Don’t think so! Not only do selfies create self-esteem issues, they can also create self-obsession issues. It’s definitely not hard to become obsessed with taking selfies and ‘recreating’ your favourite celebrity snaps. These self-esteem and self-obsessed issues are mainly caused by phones with cameras on them.

Girls at a primary and high school age are heavily exposed to the negativity of this issue. Psychologists believe that the stress to look perfect not only in selfies, but in real life all the time can lead to mental disorders and unnatural behaviour from people starting at ages as low as six. In order to prevent issues like this, a solution is to ban cameras from phones. But doing this can cause more harm than good. Cameras aren’t only for taking selfies, they are for capturing moments that mean something to people and also to communicate with people i.e. Facetime and Skype. Banning cameras from phones may help the selfie issue, but may create even more problems.

Despite the negative baggage that come with selfies, there is no denying that they are a huge part of the social media community, with over 1,000,000 selfies taken globally each day. Yes, the risk of self-obsession and insecurity is still there, but once people learn that they are all beautiful in their own unique way, the selfie trend will become harmless.

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