Say No to Self­ies

Khaleej Times - City Times - - SOCIAL IMPACT - Neha Ma­hamood, a 22-year old jour­nal­ism stu­dent, is a self-pro­claimed old­soul who spends her days read­ing books and sip­ping cof­fee.

Every time I log into so­cial me­dia nowa­days, I see the faces of my fam­ily and friends. I love them, but do I have to see them ev­ery­where? Are self­ies mak­ing us a nar­cis­sis­tic so­ci­ety? We post our pic­tures on so­cial me­dia mul­ti­ple times a day.

‘Look at my out­fit, look at my break­fast, look at me at the gym, eat­ing out, drink­ing with friends, don’t I look great? Look at me!’

We are too in­volved with our­selves and have en­tered a com­pe­ti­tion to see who can take the most self­ies. What is this about? Why must we tell the world ev­ery­where we go, ev­ery­thing we eat, ev­ery­thing we touch?

If we must doc­u­ment ev­ery­thing, we could take one pic­ture of our meal, one with our friends, one with the lo­ca­tion, and then en­joy the com­pany, savour the good food, be in the moment.

From the White House to sport­ing events, to the streets, peo­ple are ob­sessed with tak­ing pic­tures of them­selves. Look­ing up the time on you phone? Let’s take a selfie. Check­ing your cal­en­dar? Let’s take a selfie. Call­ing mom? Let’s take a selfie!

What hap­pened to the days I went out with my friends, had hour-long in­sight­ful con­ver­sa­tions and pon­dered over life’s great mys­ter­ies, with­out ev­ery­one whip­ping out their phones and snap­ping pic­tures as soon as their cof­fees ar­rived. OK, we rarely spoke about any­thing beyond which movie to watch or where to go for din­ner, but at least we had con­ver­sa­tions with each other’s faces and not through cam­era screens.

Now there are sites ded­i­cated to shar­ing your self­ies. What again, is the point of this? Well, of course other than to show the world and have mil­lions come flock­ing to your doorstep? Wait, that does not hap­pen? Okay, now I’m con­fused.

The last time I took a selfie was 3 months ago. And you know what? I feel fine. I haven’t dou­bled over in pain, the po­lice haven’t come by to ques­tion me and the CIA isn’t on my tail. In this new mil­len­nium, I am merely a girl try­ing to get through this maze of life with­out fall­ing trap to this crazy lifestyle our gen­er­a­tion seems to feast upon.

Here’s a sug­ges­tion for all the selfie en­thu­si­asts out there, whether they have walked the Hol­ly­wood red car­pet or live their lives in rel­a­tive anonymity: Stop it, or at least curb your self­ab­sorbed ac­tiv­i­ties. Rather, make mem­o­ries with your lit­tle munchkins, take your dog out for a walk, smell the roses and live a life un­selfied.

Neha Ma­hamood sug­gests a dif­fer­ent way to in­ter­act with friends

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