Don’t Ever Apologize For Taking Selfies

Flickr / Carolina Bello
Flickr / Carolina Bello

When a recent article went viral claiming that taking selfies excessively is now classified as a new mental disorder, I reacted immediately, feeling personally attacked.

Of course later, we all found out the article is a hoax. But it begs the questionβ€”Why did people want to believe taking selfies is so bad, an actual disorder? And why did I feel so offended by that suggestion?

Well, what’s in a selfie? Me, of course.

And the very idea of the selfie, at its core, is the person. Selfies aren’t about the landscapes, waterfalls, or Empire State building in the background; they’re about the person standing front and center in each photo.

Selfies are about taking control of one’s history and moments in the NOW.

With a selfie, I don’t need to ask someone else to take my picture when I’m on the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building. I can take my own picture, my selfie, and just keep it as a personal picture of MY moment standing high in the sky. Or, I can post it instantly on social media and share it with the people I care about. Both decisions are extremely normal and it’s great to have them under my control.

Recording these moments of my lifeβ€”or sharing them immediately in time with othersβ€”is HUMAN and natural. Historically, people have always wanted to record their lives and tried, dating back to the first cave drawings.

Also, what is the NOW all about? It’s finding a way to stay in the present.

Well, selfies are the best thing to ever come along that helps individuals give themselves a present to help remember “the present”! So, don’t ever dare tell me that selfies indicate mental illness! I will hate you and never, ever, invite you to stand in any of my selfies again. TC mark

This post originally appeared at YourTango.

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