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Hi, I'm a fashion blogger. I get someone to photograph me so I can post these photos on the internet for various degrees of recognition. What could possibly be more narcissistic than that? The 'selfie', of course!
'Selfie' has gained enough momentum over the past 12 months to be named the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year. Added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online in August this year, 'selfie' has yet to be added to the Oxford English dictionary, but that hasn't been ruled out quite yet.
Selfies. Hands up, who's guilty? Who else is self-constructing their image on social media and the internet? The hashtag #me has been used a whopping 90m times to date so luckily, that confirms I'm not the only one.
The selfie has been around for longer than we care to remember - think back to your old Myspace profile picture, where you took your 5.2mp Fujifilm digital camera and held it above your head, slightly to the side. Are you cringing yet? Good.
The introduction of cheap smartphones with reversible cameras and a social media epidemic has led to a selfie phenomenon.
Self-portraiture, aka the 'selfie', is something of brilliance. A photograph that we take of ourselves enables us to make prominent the qualities we think of most highly. Add a filter to those qualities and they are highlighted even further while flaws are edited out. We're essentially creating a stage persona of ourselves of who we long to be. Selfies and social media empower their user, giving them the control to do just that.
Likes, double-clicks and retweets lead to a funny sort of self-confirmation, and perhaps even a popularity contest of sorts, which can spur a whole variety of emotions. If you achieve (note the choice of word there) 100 likes on Facebook on your newest profile picture, does that mean you're popular and beautiful? Or is it just an indication of the amount of time our generation sacrifice to social media?
It's not all happy days though. There is a dark side to the internet and social media - there have been many a demeaning selfie that have caused embarrassment and public humiliation. It's easy to forget how quickly things can go viral online.
In other news, I read somewhere today that on the iPhone 'selfie' autocorrects to 'selfless', which is somewhat paradoxical, don't you think?