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Self Love

So Selfies were the craze of 2013 and they are continuing to be the craze of

2014, this in itself I find crazy. The way people are going on about selfies

it's as if selfies were only invented in 2013! The truth is selfies have

been going on for years. It drives me crazy how the media go on about

selfies and how there are endless pictures of people taking selfies. Even me

writing this is not helping the case. If the media were suddenly to put it

out there that it was all about having a picture taken with a cat, everyone

would start taking a picture with a cat.


Maybe I am missing something. Is there something different about the selfies

taken in 2013 onwards to the ones that were taken before? If I remember

correctly Libby from Neighbours took a group selfie years back, and nobody

made a fuss about that. And what about all those Big Brother audition video

tapes where people were filming themselves? Nobody seemed impressed about

that either and if anything you'd expect people to be more impressed about

getting a video camera working than someone simply pressing a button on a



What is more annoying about these selfies is that the people taking them are

acting like three years olds that have learnt how to open the fridge for the

first time! Some of the smiles in these selfies beam like, "OMG we're about

to take a selfie" and are cringe with a capital C! Yes, said in sarcastic

tone, you can actually take a picture of yourself with your phone, it has

been possible for years and was possible before you had that phone! And why

put a selfie up of yourself on the net when it is clear you have been posing

about in your room for hours? I don't think it's cool to give that

implication to people.


There is a big wide world out there, with a million pictures better than

ourselves and there is also probably a bathroom nearby with a mirror we can

check ourselves in that probably tells the truth better! Oh and your friend

beside you will probably take a better picture than you too because they

won't have the trouble of having to put their phone in a weird angle. 

This, of course, is all said in good humour. 


We are all somewhat guilty of being involved in selfies and at least we can

mock the craze and ourselves about it. What has changed with the selfies

from 2013ish onwards is that when we do take selfies we don't necessarily

take ourselves seriously in them. We can laugh at pictures of ourselves

standing in front of the mirror holding our phones. We know our phones are

there and that it might look odd, but we can laugh at ourselves. We all want

to get involved in this selfie craze. And who has more patience than

ourselves when it comes to taking the perfect picture? Us of course. It is

very unlikely you will find an amazing friend who will offer to take a

picture of you for the fiftieth time.


You might be bored of taking regular selfies, but now there is a new app

that is all about selfies and making selfies look even better. The app is

called SelfShot, and it's free to download in the Apple Store. The app

involves taking a selfie of yourself and then placing it on a really cool

background such as a snowscape or in the sea. You can then share your selfie

and the most liked selfies win a roundtrip ticket from Turkish Airlines. I

think that's a pretty good deal, and since we all seem to be into selfies at

the moment, I recommend the app to all. It's also a great app for those

creative types out there. I have already downloaded the app and highly

recommend it.

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