What is it about selfies?


Just a couple of years ago, “selfies” was an narcissistic action (technically it is still of course). However, today it is globally normality. Taking pictures of oneselfs. I know people that have thousands of pictures of oneself. I am not judging these actions. IN fact, I am a little selfie-prince myself. Im just trying to understand the phenomena. Why are we taking pictures of ourself? Everytime we do, we try to look the best as we can. Why are we smiling when the cam is targeting us? Making cute eyes. Finding the perfect perspective and light.

In anthropology we have a theory by Goffman: the presentation of self. We are trying to expose ourself as best as possible. Like the actor and his/hers audience. I have seen people taking selfie at the gym with big smile and after the shot the person looks angry. Actually, and very interesting,  “persona” meaning “mask”. Maybe we put on a selfie mask?

Many also publish the images in social media- displaying their succesful life. But in reality our life is like and embroidery. Beautyful picture in the front, but a totally more confusing structure behind. Isn`t it? The presentation of self meeting modern technology and the result is a selfie culture. In other words, the presentation of self has become technologyfied. Are we living in a time in which we love our self more or has social media plus technological development created a need to appear perfect in realtionship to other? I don´t know. But I always remember that there is another reality behind the scene, behind the theater carpet. And this backstage/frontstage are an universal feature of human life. I think this is a fundamental understanding of human life. Do you agree?