What's wrong with being in control of what we capture?
Social media has taken the world by storm. Nowadays, we're so submerged in our technology that sharing live (and sometimes intimate) updates about our lives is pretty much the norm. And yet, for some reason, selfies carry a negative connotation — especially if you're older.
Tell us if we've got it right: Whether it's climbing the Eiffel Tower or riding the London Eye, you have an adventurous streak and love showing it off. Nothing would commemorate the experience better than a selfie. But even though you want to document all of the fun things you do in life, you still feel weird about it.
After all, selfies are immature and narcissistic, right?
That's where you're wrong! Yes, selfies have gotten a negative rap but that doesn't mean that there aren't hidden perks to taking one. Just ask psychologist and expert Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein. She raises an excellent point that selfies are empowering. In fact, women should take MORE selfies.
She says that "For woman of a certain age, selfies are magnificent because suddenly, we are in control of what we capture. We can take our own picture with our best friends or standing on the mountain we finally reached."
We all know that there's no better way to capture a memory than with a picture. You're finally spending some quality time with your grandchildren. Cherish the special moment by snapping a selfie. Despite popular belief, it's the same as posing for a photo, only ten times the fun.
But people are still hesitant when it comes to this trend.
According to an infographic by the Drum, "Only a fifth of UK adults ever take selfies with an overwhelming 27 percent claiming they actively avoid featuring in them." After surveying a thousand adults in the UK, the study further found that "seven out of 10 of these [adults share] the content on social media."
So we ask you this: Why is there so much hate on taking selfies?