Selfie Craze: Self-Ex­pres­sion? Or Self-Ab­sorp­tion?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

Whether we like it or not, im­age is ter­ri­bly im­por­tant to us. We of­ten de­fine our­selves via the ap­praisals and opin­ions of oth­ers. For many of us, this is how we de­velop a sense of self - through the dis­cern­ing eyes of our fel­low hu­mans. It is al­most as crit­i­cal to our ex­is­tence as oxy­gen. But with­out the so­cial con­text that our self-im­age is em­bed­ded in, we would live in a vac­uum with no req­ui­site to have an iden­tity at all. There would be lit­tle rea­son to try and dis­tin­guish our­selves from oth­ers, or to be com­pet­i­tive or sim­ply to even bother “look­ing good.” So then, our self-im­age is not only im­por­tant but an in­trin­sic part of be­ing hu­man. There’s no es­cap­ing from it.

Ac­cord­ingly, per­haps the con­cept of self-ex­pres­sion for young peo­ple via the much ma­ligned “selfie” is highly over­scru­ti­nized by ex­perts. Maybe it’s just a part of grow­ing up dig­i­tal and purely a new kind of “iden­tity devel­op­ment” whose prac­tice is so in­ter­min­gled into

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