Selfie has a friendly pathways to the social media, the digital age’s expression of yourself, not only to be somebody in your own region but across the globe as well ,where the friends and relatives could easily have the latest updates of yourselves. Social media and the mobile web has popularized the phenomenon called, the selfie, the fact that the young generations are especially involved in trending this apps. Research shows that the 18 to 34 years of age are the vast digital users today so taking selfie is a new, easy and affordable trend between the rich and the poor, the famous and the infamous
Be it alone or in the group, taking selfies is easy to do wherever you are. An Astronaut Clay Anderson, Expedition 15 flight engineer, uses a digital camera to take a ‘selfie’ of himself and his spaceship. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide uses a digital still camera to take a photo of himself during a spacewalk. The famous icons like the US President Barack Obama, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt were taking selfie during a memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Aside from their accessibility to the social media, taking selfie is a safe and comfortable shots for documentation or social fad of prominent people. They can have the option of bringing their own gadgets and have a “do-it-yourself” affair to complete the day rather than being dependent to their camera men.
The selfie phenomenon reached the high level of prominence when Ellen Degeneres initiated the selfie of 12 people fit in one shot. But just recently, Ali Emre Mazlumoğlu tweeted the latest version of the famed Oscars “Ellen Selfie” , which managed to fit in even more people than Bradley Cooper: 14 instead of 12.
Taking selfies have another reasons to tell. Pride and self-appreciation play a vital role in promoting oneself through selfie. Filipinos, whose record shows that they are the number one or known as the selfie capital of the planet, are proud to admit that they had the pride and heritage to show to the world. Cities like Makati, Cebu, Quezon and Iloilo led the selfie trend in this country.
Selfies are so popular today and because of this trending social needs, the Apple Company is quick enough to design the first selfie apps on iPhones. As I mentioned a while ago, selfie was popularized by the social media. Now, Apple is a tandem of your selfie, the more your image will be lifted up among others in every minute of your life. Of course, many became affected with their face, so the phenomenon and popularity of selfies had caused a huge impact on facial plastic surgeries. People became more conscious of their beauties and looks. Taking your image to your social media portals will be more exciting if you look like a celebrity in your own account. This is also the reason why the study had found out that three plastic surgeons have an increase requests for procedures due to patients being more self-aware of their looks with social media. “Social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and the I dPhone app Selfie.im, which are solely image based, force patients to hold a microscope up to their image and often look at it with a more self-critical eye than ever before,” Edward Farrior, MD, President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery said in a press release . “These images are often the first impressions young people put out there to prospective friends, romantic interests and employers and our pettiness want to put their best face forward.”
The idea of taking picture to oneself has been around since the camera had existed. The term selfie was traced back to 2002. Now, Oxford English Dictionary declared year 2013, as the year of the word “selfie”. The phenomenon has risen in popularity recently, relating the “selfie” events from the spotlight at the Oscars to the random encounters with the homeless people down to the aftermath of the near tragedies. Now, Apple Company has launched “the sharing selfies” apps to meet the demands of the people and the social media. So what are you waiting for? Have your “selfie” in your social media account too and be happy. It is to boost your self esteem and promise, it is rewarding.