by Johanne James

Hello everybody!

THE SELFIE: Why is everyone taking selfie’s and putting them up on their social media pages?

I don’t get it? Don’t you know what you look like? First thing in the morning, take a selfie and stick it up on Facebook. Self-obsession? What is it we want others to see that we may not? Do we have a perception that we wish to project, as we never see ourselves as others do? I have seen some photos of myself and said, “That looks nothing like me” and I’m sure many of you out there can identify with that statement. “Yuk, don’t I look ugly”. No of course you don’t, but I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder, providing you are not wearing beer glasses, in which case everything is beautiful. I’m lucky; I don’t drink and therefore have never had to experience the aforementioned. We all want the approval of others to make ourselves feel good, do we not? Is it vanity or insecurity, I have no idea but what I can only surmise is that the mobile phone has now become the brush to which we paint on the canvas called social media. We can paint an immediate self-portrait and then put it on display for the whole world to see and comment on. I’m not sure I know how to use the reverse camera on my phone and even if I did, I doubt that I would take any pictures and put myself in the position to be ridiculed. Truth is I’m not into pictures at all as I was never very photogenic and it’s a necessary evil that I sometimes have to contend with. Perhaps if they were a sequence of numbers under my profile, it would be more apt. Please turn to the right now sir! I can only suppose that the more we turn the camera on ourselves and the more self conscious we become, the more critical we will end up being. Then again, this is only a personal observation and not a statement of fact; so if I’m wrong please do not hesitate to let me know? But in the meantime, please keep on taking the pics as some of them are a complete hoot.

Thanks for listening.

Peace my friends. Click, click.


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