Using Selfie Etiquette
The selfie — we’ve all done it.
And if anybody you meet owns a smartphone and tells you they have never taken a self-portrait with that phone’s camera, they’re probably lying. Selfies are the rage of the 21st century, and the practice is guaranteed to be around for years to come.
There are reportedly more than 1 million selfies being taken every day all over the world, and with creations like the selfie stick, a device that allows you to hold your phone farther than an arm’s length away, these numbers sure won’t be going down anytime soon.
Personally, I like selfies. They are a fun way to document a good memory of people and places.
But when I think of selfies, I also can’t help but think of the harmful characteristics they can possess as well. Think of the many selfies people post shaming either their own bodies or those of others. Then there is the infamous Auschwitz Camp selfie.
It’s clear we need some form of selfie etiquette. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when determining what’s post-worthy and what isn’t:
You can tell a lot about a person’s character by what they post on social media.
I know that this is a pretty “duh” statement, but selfies are not an exception to this.
It’s rare — yet refreshing — to discover somebody in the social networking world who fills that realm with positivity and kindness toward others (as I like to call it, “verbal modesty”). The world we live in today includes too many people who bully others via the Internet and usually under an anonymous persona.
Verbal modesty is a wise choice because even when somebody creates a post in an attempt to hurt somebody else, it only ends up backfiring on the attacker and their own character. If you selfie for the purpose of shaming someone else or yourself, think about how that might make you look to the rest of the Internet world.
Sometimes, taking a selfie is inappropriate. There’s no way around that.
It’s impossible to go anywhere and not see someone taking a selfie. Let’s face it, they’re inescapable. I see them occur in the grocery store line, during class, at any public event, and even in the car next to me at a stoplight.
However, if you are in a place or situation where you think to yourself, “People would most likely get offended if I posted a selfie (or even had my phone pulled out) here,” it is simply best to abort the mission. Here are a few extreme examples that can be used as guidelines of what not to do.
Like anything else you post on social media, it’s best to be smart and use common sense when it comes to selfies. Know and consider what would be the appropriate time and place before you post.
Don’t forget to practice striking the perfect pose.
When selfie-ing, be sure to look your best by following some selfie advice given on one of my personal favorite Netflix shows, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”:
Selfies are a wonderful way to document and show the world who you are, your sense of style and even your personality, but whenever you’re in an inappropriate situation or snapping a selfie for an inappropriate reason, have some selfie etiquette, and consider thinking twice before you pull out your phone for a selfie.