03 Mar The Selfie Generation
by William Clough
Ever notice how some people center the attention of their activities on doing things just for the sake of having pictures of themselves doing things that seem fun to post online?
Example: We were in a park in Baguio last week and we saw a group of around 10 teenagers in the park with selfie sticks just taking selfies in the trees and showing them to each other. This went on for around 3 hours then they all left. They were getting super into it and excited about showing off their selfies to each other at a park. Guess there is nothing sexier than taking a picture of yourself and showing to your friend who is also taking pictures of him/herself then comparing who looks sexier in their selfie.
So what does that really say about some people in this generation? The fact that is was a nice day outside is not that interesting. The fact that they were in nature and away from the city didn’t impress them much. The fact that the air was clean and the vibe was totally calm and peaceful giving them a chance to really reconnect, didn’t do much for them either. No big deal at all. Who cares when we have smart phones with 3g internet allowing us to be online anywhere all the time.
But taking selfies (a picture people usually take alone) as a big group together, now known as a “groupie,” next to trees then posting them online and anxiously waiting for strangers to click like buttons or write comments to validate how great their experience in nature looking like it’s really fun. That’s where it’s at!
That’s what fun life is all about in these days! Forget nature, don’t pay attention to the life around you outside, just focus your attention to the pictures you take of yourselves. Then wait for people to click ‘like’ on the photos to validate the so-called ‘projection’ that you are having a good time. It’s really fun because someone else online thinks so. Nothing gets better than that. WOW. Such an amazing feeling, isn’t it? As long as you look like you’re cool and having fun, and other people think so, then you can feel like you’re cool and having fun.
What is this generation then? Why are we so emotionally disconnected from ourselves that we feel a need to show off to others, or pretend to be the person we create online? What are we becoming due to social media’s dark side driving our insatiable need for external attention that changes our internal view of ourselves?
Makes we wonder where this generation of likes, followers, shares and notifications is going within the next few decades.
JUAN SAYS: In 2014, they have already diagnosed taking selfies as a mental disorder. This doesn’t come as a surprise. Wouldn’t you be mental if you take photos of yourself, what you wear, what you eat and whatever else you are doing? Because truth be told, nobody cares. Not even your likers. They like the photos because they are laughing at you. Ikaw na ang mag-promote sa sarili mo, hindi ba iyon nakakatawa?
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has confirmed officially that taking ‘selfies’ is a mental disturbance.
The disorder is called selfitis, and is defined as the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy.
APA said there are three levels of the disorder:
Borderline selfitis: taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day but not posting them on social media
Acute selfitis: taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day and posting each of the photos on social media
Chronic selfitis: Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than six times a day
According to the APA, while there is currently no cure for the disorder, temporary treatment is available through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).