Making Sense of Selfies

Making Sense of Selfies

by Pamela Rutledge

But what if taking selfies is perfectly normal?  The prevalence of selfies is one of many manifestations of the rise in self-publishing of all kinds of information and images.  The venues, such as Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Vine, Twitter, YouTube and others, are practically endless.  Social technologies have redefined “normal” as more public.sharable and searchable.  Like most digital self-publishing, selfie-ing is easy.  All you need is a camera phone and a Facebook page or Instagram app.  This makes it ripe for exploration and identity experimentation, particularly among ages where identity formation and emancipation are key developmental tasks as well as for those who are still interested in looking at themselves.  Both of these may contribute to why user demographics skew young.

At last some common sense commentary on selfies, shame it didn’t come from a cyber-safety expert.

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