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How many of you remember Polaroid cameras? Ok, how many of you remember disposable cameras? And how many of you have been through a period in your life when you or someone you knew took way too many pictures of themselves… it’s what we now call selfies? Come on think about it for 31 seconds – close your eyes and think back to Junior High or High School and visualize that one person who was constantly in need of a “selfie”. Can you picture that person? OK. Maybe that person was a family member or a friend on the block or the neighbor on either side of you. Can you picture that person?
So, I pose this question… What’s behind aaalllll the selfies? Could be nothing or it could be something.
I want to take this opportunity to share with you something I did not even realize until years later on this journey called life. I was once one of those people. Yes. That person that would take my allowance to go buy cameras and out of the 36 film 26 were mostly of me. No. Not because I thought I was all that or because I loved looking at myself or because I had autographs to distribute but because I was looking for something in the pictures. Remember, at the time I did not realize it but what I came to realize later on is that I was searching for some inner peace, inner reassurance, inner joy, inner confidence, inner strength to radiate through those pictures. I actually thought that the more pictures I took the better I would feel about what was going on in my life at the time if I could see the qualities I mentioned earlier in the pictures. But all I kept doing was taking more and more and more and more and more pictures.
Many of you are parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, guardians, etc. to youth between the ages of 12 to 18 years of age. Please understand I am not saying this applies to everyone in that age bracket but I am saying, from personal experience, to be mindful; to take a moment to examine the lives of those around you. If your child bites their nails, overworks themselves, stress eats, mediates on things they do not need to or things that cannot be changed, fixates on the negative, withdraws, lacks the ability to express themselves or to engage in a healthy conversation without getting frustrated, irritated, disappointed, etc. yet they are self-absorbed in taking selfies there may be something at the root that needs to be addressed. Then again, it could be absolutely nothing at all.
I will say this; while few studies have been conducted to examine this concept of “selfies” and the possible underlining meanings that could be associated with the phenomenon it is a topic worth exploring and considering particularly with our youth ages 12 to 18 years of age. In many cases it could be an indicator of positive high self-esteem or a healthy way to communicate and engage with others or it could also very well be an indicator for a cry for help or possibly other psychological, emotional, or social challenges that may need to be addressed. Some studies have linked too many “selfies” to forms of narcissism, psychopathy, self-esteem, subjective conformity, and self-objectification; just to name a few.
Once again these are just my thoughts… While I have read up on the matter and discovered some interesting conclusions there definitely appears to be room for further research.
So, let us know what you think. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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