By nature, the human being is amused with pictorial memories. The transformation from Petroglyph (carving stones) to digitized images reflect the deep desire. To cherish, people preserve their memories in images.
Digital cameras and smartphones have raised the expectations to a new level. Almost everyone has an interest in self-projection through a social media platform. So, about 1.8 Billion community upload images to such platforms every day. Platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, and Snapchat.
The word Selfie
Australia claimed the invention of the modern-day selfie in 2002.
Oxford English Dictionary chose the word ” Selfie” as “Word of the Year” in 2013. Which means:
“A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”
In 2014, BBC officially declared a Selfie Day. The whole world celebrates “21St June” as a selfie Day. This recognition shows how the selfie is famous and popular in the world.
The Psychology Behind
- Environmental Enhancement
- Social Competition
- Mood Modification
- Subjective Conformity
The above factors, help in filling up personality devoid and reduces social distancing. But the fact remains, selfies do lead humanity to narcissism.
ü Every online posted selfie(s) carries recognizable information of surroundings, locations, and geotag. Such data is enough for a malicious or criminal act.
78 countries suffered from the cruelty of selfies. Wikipedia shared a list of selfie-related injuries and deaths covering the period 2011-2020. The statistics show worldwide occurrences: –
Figure – I – Fatality Rate
Such death rate compelled the governments to declare certain areas as “No Selfie Zone”.
Selfies, in a constructive mode, are very useful in different fields of life. A signature smile or facial expression will replace the hassle of user IDs and passwords. The selfie will solve the purpose of identification.
Selfie will be a great help in daily life. It can support in medical diagnosis, secure authorization, and a payment tool as well.
The beneficiary’s sectors would be:
Patients can send their high definition (HD) selfies to the concerned specialists. The doctors can diagnose, prescribe treatment, and render medical advice.
As a biometric identifier, selfies give great support and help. Each selfie carries a tag with it. That entails the detail of the owner’s registered cell phone.
A regular visit to the gym does contribute to weight loss. Periodic selfies are very helpful in showing such weight loss.
Visitors could enter into shopping malls, national parks, or entertainment arenas. The action of selfies will act as a social identifier.
Clothing & Measurements
Customers get measurements of their clothes through smartphone apps. Users get selfies to check different clothes with a virtual try.
The society, at an initial stage, categorized selfies as self-praising or self-projection. Folks of all ages upload millions of pictures. Most of these pictures are selfies. That indicates the public’s interest and choice. Now, it becomes part of daily life.
Pros over-ride the cons. The act of selfie is no longer just a picture. Futurologists predict the utility far beyond its present role. Aging, dieting, and false positives or negatives are the hurdles. The solution to these hurdles is the regular and periodic updating of selfies.