Everyone knows the "selfie"—which was the word of the year for 2013— when it comes to Instagram, but do these selfie takers really realize what they're saying about themselves?
When you're feeling good about your outer appearance, naturally you want to show off. This has led to the current statistics that nearly 80,000 posts have been hash-tagged #selfie and 6.5 thousand people have hash-tagged #selfiesunday on social media's Instagram, popular amongst teenagers and adults.
Hash-tagging is a link established when placing a pound sign in front of any word under a picture. Pressing on the hashtag will lead the viewer to all pictures with the same hashtag.
The art of taking a selfie is a cinch, but there are several different ways it can be accomplished. Often, selfie pertains to a girl with her hands on her hips, chest out, angled face, and either a sweet smile or duck face.
After the pose is accomplished, the click sounded, a filter is placed, and the button is, share, pressed; all that awaits is the feedback. If the selfie taker receives good feedback, such as "you're so gorgeous!" or "can you stop being so pretty?" more than likely they will respond with "no that's you!" or "awww thanks."
These compliments in the comments under the picture are just what the selfie taker was banking on, and these responses become a slight boost of confidence. The selfie taker is now assured to be satisfied with her outer appearance. If no one had commented though, it could have acted as a depressant and subconsciously lower the selfier's self esteem.
"I think that girls who do post selfies on Instagram are desperate for attention and want to show off their body," Zander Theoharis ('16) said.
While guys embrace the pros and cons of girls' posts, they would never think twice to do the equivalent.
"When I put up a sort-of-selfie it's usually always pictures when I was younger
because I would feel stupid if I took a picture of myself now and put it on Instagram," Jordan Lowery ('16) said. "If it is not a picture of me when I was younger, it's either a joke or I lost a bet."
While the art of selfie taking is most common amongst teenagers, adults embrace the activity as well. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark’s Prime Minister, Helle Thorning Schmidt posed for a picture, otherwise known as a selfie, at Nelson Mandela's funeral in South Africa, which became a media sensation.
Selfie-taking can be taken at inappropriate times or in inappropriate ways, but it is also a positive attribute of social media. When traveling to a new country, reuniting with old friends or participating in an activity completely brand new, what better way to capture the moment than to snap a quick picture and share it with your friends?
"I think that us guys post baby pics because we like to show cute pictures,” said Theoharis, agreeing with Lowery, “and I believe it gives us a little amount of pride that others usually find these baby pictures cute.”