The ‘Selfie’ Generation.

 

The Selfie. Selfie season has gone viral. From Obama taking a quick happy – go –lucky snap with Cameron, to Ellen Degeneres and a handful of the biggest names all squeezed into one snapshot at the Oscars. It makes your selfie with the local police horse on a drunken walk home look like a feeble attempt. The selfies don’t just stop there – oh no- the cancer campaign ‘No make-up selfies’ plastered every form of social networking in a matter of hours. Yet, it seems a little ambitious to call them ‘No make –up’ with girls pouting with their eyebrows just a little less shaded than usual. To call them bare faced would not seem right -unless we are talking about bare faced liars that is. Oh well, it’s not every day a craze like this can raise over two million pounds in twenty four hours, is it?

Most of us are guilty of taking a nippy selfie on the sly – you’re not fooling anyone if you disagree – but why do we feel the need to document every minute of our lives in the form of a selfie? Is it because we like to capture funny moments? Or is it simply because we like the way we have done our hair and know full well we won’t be able to get it to the same again? Either way we don’t just do it for the hell of it. Surely we intend to post somewhere?  Where it can be seen and liked? Don’t lie we all know you like that buzz – it adds a kind of spring to your step, right?

There is just no escaping this phenomenon. You can almost forecast what is going to be on your instagram feed, you just know it’s going to be overcast with duck pouts with spells of peace signs. It’s always an awkward moment when you catch someone in the corner of your eye posing for a Snapchat – don’t get me wrong we all love a good snapchat, but is it really necessary to get your raunchy pose out in public?   It’s not something we all want to see when tucking into our lunch. It’s up there with couple’s public display of affection – some things are best left to the privacy of your own home.

So, at some point every day, we carry out the same procedure like it is part of our daily routine – just like brushing your teeth. The lighting is altered to compliment your tone and reduce the size of your nose. Teeth clenched tightly together and chin tilted.  Arm stretched out to its furthest point with the camera cradled in the palm of your hand. Index and middle finger set straight to support the weight of the phone, whilst your pinky is rested underneath for additional support and your thumb round the front ready to take the snap. Three, Two, one… Snap, edit and upload. Sure sounds familiar right?

Well, it looks like this bug isn’t going away too soon, so I suppose we all best get used to it (especially now it has made it to a dictionary definition). So, as long as our self obsessed celebs are revealing their selfies to the nation, then we will carry on the tradition like normal.

That’s it – ‘but first let me take a selfie’

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