Selfie Craze: Self-Expression? Or Self-Absorption?
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
The selfie generation: fifteen seconds of
fame or more?