A few months ago I had the pleasure of going to a leadership development conference that helped young people hone in on their facilitating skills. At the end of the conference we were supposed to take all we had learned and put it to use in a 15 minute speech about anything. I’m more of a jokster, so I choose to do my presentation on how to take the perfect selfie (I am a self proclaimed selfie enthusiast, after all).
I’d say it was pretty successful. The crowd definitely liked it and we even took a group selfie (more commonly known as an usie) at the end of it.
Before doing this presentation I never really saw selfies as a problem, in fact, I saw them as something positive that my generation had come up with. With all the focus on beauty standards, being thin and fitting in, it was nice to see my generation kind of band together and embrace our new found confidence.
I’m not saying that excessive selfie taking couldn’t lead to these things, or that the research done on it is totally trash, I just find it heartbreaking that something that is pretty positive is being ridiculed so harshly. Why not ridicule magazines that glorify getting thin in three short weeks by doing some crazy ridiculous master cleanse, or blogs that shame girls with curvy figures for wearing two piece swimsuits in the summer? If you ask me, that’s the problem with society, not the fact that we take a few more pictures of ourselves than normal.
Selfies are apart of the self love revolution. For the first time children are growing up in a generation where they need to be told that they are beautiful to believe it. It’s not us begging for attention, or being needy, it’s just fact. We are bombarded with so many images of what is beautiful and what isn’t that sometimes we get caught up in it and honestly, it can be pretty difficult to decipher.
I see selfies of a way out of that. A way to celebrate the cute new hat you bought, or a lunch date with your best friends. In a generation that tends to over share, is a photo portraying our confidence doesn’t seem like the worst thing we could do.
So I say, to hell with the beauty standards and negative comments about the selfie, if you want to snap a photo of yourself, do it! In the words of Donna Meagle from Parks and Rec, treat yo self!