THE selfie – defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” — has become a modern-day plague. I’m over it.
Yes, I do like connecting with friends and acquaintances on social media. And Yes, I do like to see how you look occasionally.
But they keyword here is occasionally. Not three times a day.
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013 is “selfie.” It just edged out “twerk”.
The word “selfie” was apparently first used in 2002, in an Australian online forum. The ABC Online posting said: “Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic] and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.”
Am I alone in detesting all those self portraits some people post on social media sites? You know, the narcissistic unimaginative staring-into-the-camera selfies. Or the barrage of young girls holding out cameras at arm’s length to capture the kissy face.
There’s even an app for people wanting to look better in their selfies. It’s called facetune.
And now there’s something called “Vines” – which are six-second selfie videos.
There should be a law against it.