Selfies: A Modern Day Narcissus ?

15 May 2013

In Greek mythology Narcissus fell in love with his own image, which he saw reflected in a pool of water, unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus died.

The modern day version of this is known within the social media world as a 'Selfie' (but less extreme) - Definition: Pictures taken of oneself while holding the camera at arms length. Recently since the arrival of facebook, twitter and instagram (especially the later) these 'selfies' have exploded in popularity, with whole social media platforms being created that specialise purely in these self adoring shots. So I ask you, are these harmless fun or annoying forms of narcissism that shouldn't be encouraged?





Narcissus by Caravaggio depicts Narcissus gazing at his own reflection, draws on similar parallels to all of us as we flip our iPhone camera's round to face us and pose for the perfect picture, of ourselves! As you can tell..  I can't talk - I'm a self confessed Selfie addict, but it's prominently to show new products I've got my mitts on or fashion! (I quickly add!!)



All started by the big social media boys; Facebook and Instagram which recently recorded more than 25 million photos tagged simply, "#me", this craze has spiralled with networks now specialising in these 'selfies' a couple include WIWT and recently twitter updated it's short video app Vine so that users can upload front facing iPhone videos of themselves - these are 6 second selfies!!!


With today's smart-phones offering high quality images, we've become a nation of amateur portrait snappers and we're all rather obsessed, so is this a good thing?  Psychologists and sociologists argue that the selfie craze stems not only from technology, but from the drive for self-expression and identity experimentation.
"What is its allure? For one thing, it's ridiculously easy to do," wrote Bim Adewunmi in The Guardian. "Selfies offer a medium of control in a snap-happy era, where you're in charge of the image produced, and all the editorial decisions are yours."



There are a mix of pro and anti views on the act of Selfies, the Huffington Post recently published an article about the new version of Vine, which titles it's article; Vine Selfies Are Worse Than You'd Expect, whereas Nancy Wang Yuen, associate professor of sociology at Biola University, told WORLD that “perhaps in two centuries, people will look back on the selfie not as an act of narcissism, but as a democratised form of self-expression.”

In fact the act of taking a picture or recording a representation of oneself has been around a lot longer than you think, look at artists such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Andy Warhol - these figures were never slammed or criticised for Narcissism, they were praised for their artistic nature.

So I ask you this... Could the Selfie be the new self portrait?


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9 comments

  1. Fantastic article!!!! i agree i think they are great!
    Ex

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  2. great look!!!

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  4. cool title! xoxo,

    Bianca from stylemeetsbeauty.blogspot.ro

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  5. There is such a psychological test: your cell phone can tell a lot about your personality. What pictures you've set as a wallpaper, if it's portrait of you then you are quite self-loving, egoistical person:) I can't say that to take lots of pictures of yourself is harmfull, but being really selfish is a real problem. Anyway, hope you are not such a person)
    Gladly followed you Bloglovin', hope you can do same;)
    Have a fabulous time!

    Best wishes, Alexandra
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    1. Haha i completely agree.. i can assure you i certainly do not have a picture of me as my wallpaper.. i have a picture of me and my best friend, which i think is ok!!

      Of course i will follow you back - great blog by the way!

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  6. Love the second outfit, the one with the wolf in the jumper!

    xx

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