Are Selfies Finally Losing Popularity?

A selfie represents an almost narcissistic ploy for attention. Most are taken with an iPhone’s front camera, have been edited within an inch of reality and are posted to social media outlets in the hope of gaining likes, new followers and comments about your “hypnotizing eyes.”

Selfies are a complete load of bullsh*t, and everyone knows it. Even you know it, especially when the caption is a useless and indecipherable string of emojis (i.e. wink, high heel shoe, gun, etc.)

Everything posted to Instagram and other social media platforms must be taken with a grain of salt or shot of tequila. Pick your own poison when scrolling through your timeline.

We stretch the truth until its taffy by showcasing photos that have been masterfully lit and filtered, and make us all look particularly model-esque.

Instagram makes it seem like everyone, and I mean everyone, only goes on exotic adventures to hotspot destinations, eats brunch daily, poses on brightly painted walls regularly and is ever-present at a hip bar somewhere.

That might sound incredibly harsh and you should know that I’m guilty of pretending, too, but my opinion remains valid.

Any talk of selfies invariably brings up Kim Kardashian, one of the reigning queens of the perfectly posed picture. With the failure of her selfie-inspired book “Selfish,” we, the general public, might be reaching our fill of selfies and close up photos of “smizes.” reported that the book has only sold 32,000 copies in its first three months of publication. Now that’s incredibly low for an over-publicized book about a psuedo-celeb, am I right?

I freely admit that I almost purchased it, but that says more about me than it does about Kim K. I’m a sucker for picture books by vain celebrities.

The demise of the selfie might not be the only explanation for the book’s hype not translating to sales. The Kardashian’s waning popularity might actually be the reason. After almost a decade on television, pretending to be a normal family, we might all be a bit sick of seeing them everywhere.

Yes, they’re all well-connected and have dollars to spare but they have little to offer the world other than a well manicured collection of photos. They’re all pretty but that doesn’t come with acting or singing skills, unfortunately.

After obsessively devouring the first couple of seasons, watching “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” lost its novelty and became another excuse to get drunk while watching people act like idiots.

We all have a love-hate relationship with the Kardashians, and the same is true for the selfie.

In fact, Kim K and the selfie have a lot in common. Both are “Selfish,” only display a fragment of reality and are edited and brightly lit to conceal all blemishes. Always remember that what we see isn’t the whole truth.

It’s no longer interesting or exciting to look at a timeline full of people pretending to be fashion or food bloggers. Not everyone is meant to be a photographer and the same is true for bloggers. Yes, everyone is capable and welcome to start a blog, but that doesn’t always mean you should.

Selfies haven’t gone the way of the videocassette or walkman quite yet. But the go-to photo of the millennial crowd might in fact be on its way out the door.

The rising popularity of the candid which lacks much of the faux vibe that the selfie emanates, is becoming a thing, for lack of a better word.

We, or perhaps it’s just me, are fed up with the narcissism and self-obsessed tendencies that come with a never-ending stream of selfies. Also, when you overhear multiple 50 year-olds screaming they just took a selfie, it might be time to move on.

After that happened a few times, I started to limit myself unless there’s an actual reason behind my selfie.

Until then, consider weening yourself and try something new. You should also revel in the fact that Kim Kardashian’s ode to herself (“Selfish”) tanked. Thought Catalog Logo Mark


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