Shaista Lodhi Explaining Too Much Selfies Are Dangerous Watch Clip
Putting camera equipped smartphones in the hands of a billion plus people has turned us all into mini-reporters. And one of the main things we report on is our own face.
The result is over a million so-called selfies taken and shared every day. We now have special selfie sticks that we can use to hold our phones away from us for better pictures. These have become so popular so quickly that they are now being banned at many cultural sites. And selfies are even popping up in the darkest of places, including funerals and terrorist attacks.
Does this matter? Is there any harm in this selfie swarm beyond mild bemusement? It is a new form of communication, but it seems to be an old message of connection. If a child sends a selfie to her grandmother and makes her smile, the world is probably a better place. And if two friends swap images of each other making goofy faces during a boring day at school, it seems like a decent way to lighten the mood and share the pain.
However, many selfies are driven by the twin forces of arrogance and anxiety. Like a dog chasing its tail, this is how much of our society now works. One group – arrogant, narcissistic and self-promoting – starts a trend. The other group – anxious and wanting to fit in – follows.