The adverse effects of technology on Millennials generation – one of the first topics in media and society these days. It’s enough just to look around on the street. It’s hard to find a person without a head down, staring at the screen, disconnected from the real world. With a pair of headphones and that little device, seems like we are talking to ourselves. One of the most significant epidemics today is definitely a trend of taking selfies.
Autoportrait, made by smartphone, for publishing on social networks are becoming one of the favorite subjects among the psychoanalysts. The question arises whether young people are drawn into narcissism and an unrealistic image of themselves, or they actually hide their insecurity behind a million filters and edited photos where they can look perfect. And as each and everyone around is whispering that selfie fever has grown into a social disorder, specific experts claim that this kind of expression may be good for our mental state.
Selfies Make Us More Comfortable With Our Own Image and Appearance
Psychology of Well-Being publishes interesting data on the benefits that digital self-portraits can have for people. Apart from superficial observation as a manifestation of physical, artistic beauty, status symbols or provocative poses, here are a few facts that could represent a good part of the truth why you actually have a couple of thousand similar photos on your Instagram profile.
Facial expressionism. This is an expression that can be used in art, and it represents a facial gesticulation, where a person who takes photos expresses mood or attitudes by making facial gestures. It can be a simple smile, a wink, a freaked face, or the like. Some people cannot reveal too much in a verbal way. For them, selfies mean showing their attitude.
You get more comfortable with your face. Shy people do not often laugh because they don’t think they are attractive while they are doing it. By shooting a self-portrait it’s possible to get used to your face, your smile and time can make you feel more comfortable in your own skin. Selfies will help you relax and not to overthink about how you look to others.
Selfies reduce stress and a sense of loneliness. Research conducted on a group of students has shown that the sharing of personal photos with friends on social networks means satisfaction for students and can reduce stress. At this age, the source of stress can be financial difficulties, being away from home, loneliness and isolation, ratings, unpaid love, uncertainty about physical appearance and the like. Of course, for a young person who learns to interact with the environment in a controlled and healthy way, social networking and self-promotion can bring significant improvements in mood, confidence, and entertainment. Nevertheless, this academic period of life is perhaps the riskiest, when social tools, like selfies, could turn against you.
Are You Sending the Right Image of Yourself?
Observing the behavior of a teenager concerning selfie culture shows yet another interesting fact about this social phenomenon. Psychologists identify three categories of young people – the daily smiling selfies; persons who are taking photos that made the photographer happy; and persons who took selfies to make another person happy.
65% of young girls consider selfies to increase their self-esteem;
40% of teenagers believe that social networks help to show the world in the best edition;
Self-portraits made by teenagers on social networks, but also those send to each other, tell a lot about them. Of course, everyone uses Snapchat apps, have pappy ears, stars around the head… It does not matter if the photo is not authentic to the original. It reflects the emotional state and mood of the person who takes photographs. An important issue, when it comes to teenagers, is sexual content, the sending of seductive selfies. Such content will help a young person to develop an awareness of how much he or she wants to discover about themselves.
What Happens When Selfies Stop Working For Your Interest?
Judging by the many controversies, it is clear that people are for or against selfie phenomena. Again, we believe there’s not a single smartphone owner that does not have at least one self-portrait in the gallery. So what? Every person is more likely to appear in the best possible light and be attractive to society. You will rarely find a person who deliberately wants to leave a negative impression, to be physically unattractive and repulsive. It’s in human nature. Filters, photo processing, adding gadgets, those things make up our reality, and we need to accept them as well.
However, it is necessary to recognize the line. People go too far when they go for some kind of a rush. Neither selfies are an exception when manic behavior is in question. In recent years, we saw people went to plastic surgery, were injured, and even lost their lives for taking the perfect selfie. Take a good look at your reflection. You need to see yourself at any time. The moment that person in the photo ceases to resemble you, regardless of the likes and hearts that you can collect, you need to stop and go back to yourself, because all the selfies come from there.