A decade ago it was not a normal occurrence to see people leaning over railings, making duck faces, and striking poses at all times in the name of a picture
In fact, the number of people who took pictures of themselves was a bit more conservative with many doing it for a particular purpose and not for social media. Well, many blame the advent of social media for this “self-absorbed, self-involved habit“. However, many other things have contributed to the selfie culture. Smaller cameras, smartphones, celebrity status, and of course the need to fit in.
Just before you start to lash out at this phenomenon, here are a couple of things you will want to know about selfies
Some human behavior experts are adamant about the longevity of the selfie phenomenon. In fact, their outlook is that natural progression is already in effect; movement from photo selfies to video selfies. The next step would be producing selfie realities.
It is important to understand that the concept of selfies is not dangerous in itself. However, where you take the selfie is what makes it a matter of life and death.
Selfies are fanned by the mindset of I am therefore I will document my existence. The question of whether it is necessary to capture every moment of your existence on film haunts even the avid selfie addict. Most self-declared selfie enthusiasts do rationalize the need to live every moment in front of their cameras by pointing out:
The longevity of film
Recording of important moments
Photographic self-portraits have been in existence since the 1800s, but the selfie concept was born with the advent of the digital camera. And the impetuous that selfies have given our society can be seen in:
Increased confidence: People are more confident in their abilities, looks and relationships as a result of the selfies phenomenon.
More awareness: Selfies create awareness. Taking a selfie next to artifacts, cultural sights and even political rallies and concerts give people a chance to articulate their beliefs and alliances without using words.
Increased safety: More and more, law enforcement officers and arms of government are using selfies to solve crimes. For example, a selfie taken by a missing person can point out their exact location and aid in finding them.
Entertainment value: Let us not forget the entertainment value of selfies. They are a source of bonding among friends and can even be turned into a reality series to be played during momentous occasions like birthdays, weddings and graduations.
You thought that was it? Well, not just yet, it seems that selfies are not done surprising us yet. The art of capturing a beautiful selfie has evolved so much that now selfie enthusiasts are using advanced technology to capture their every moment. An increase in the use of drones in capturing selfies was spiked by the advent of the follow me mode in drones. Essentially, a Follow Me Drone follows you around by utilizing a signal from its transmitter while snapping away or recording you. There are several self-following drones like DJI Mavic Pro and the 3D Robotics Solo Drone that have amazing selfie supporting features and that are revolutionizing the selfie world.
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