The phenomenon of The Selfie

The world has gone Selfie mad.

People are doing it on their own. People are doing it at the Oscars. People are recreating that famous, most-retweeted, Ellen Degeneres founded one I’ve just referred to. Celebrities are taking mirror-selfies of their bottoms (and some suggest, editing them to make their bums bigger and their waists smaller). Couples are doing it. People who’ve just had a baby are doing it. Everyone’s doing it.

2013 saw the word being made official when (along with twerk) it was entered into the Oxford Dictionary.  In case you’ve been hiding under a rock recently, here’s what it means;

selfie

Pronunciation: /ˈsɛlfi 

  

/

(also selfy)

NOUN (plural selfies)

• informal

  • A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website:occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary
The Chainsmokers have also recently released a song about them. (You can watch the video for #SELFIE here http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kdemFfbS5H0 )

Love them or hate them, it looks like they’re here to stay. Personally I’m a huge fan of the selfie ‘cos they make me look nice and as a control-freak they suit me to the ground; if I don’t like it I can delete the picture. Scrolling down my Facebook, I can see that a lot of others feel the same way; sites are riddled with the selfie, like the plague (minus the obvious negative connotations- I do NOT think I they’re a bad thing!)
I blame two things on the rise and rise of the Selfie; technology (smartphones and tablets make taking a snap of yourself and getting in more thatn a cheek and a nostril much, much easier) and people realising how bloody fabulous they look from an angle of 30 degrees above their face. 
To the haters: sorrynotsorry 
Oh and whatever you do don’t look at my Insta. 
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