Quantcast

'Selfies' takes center stage on social media - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

'Selfies' takes center stage on social media

Posted: Updated:
BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Selfies: Odds are you've seen one and possibly taken one. They are all over social media and there's no sign of stopping this growing trend of self-photography.

"It's a great way to share yourself!" said Mieko Ozeki of Burlington.

"All the time it's either Facebook or Snapchat; it's always someone's face with a weird comment," said Jason Pope of Burlington.

There's a difference between a picture of yourself and a selfie. You take the selfie by holding your phone out and pointing it at yourself. And then once you find the one you want, it's yours to post however you want. Some people post about where they are, who they are with, something silly or how they are feeling. The term selfie is one of the most commonly searched words on Google. There are more than 33 million selfies on Instagram alone.

"Selfies started around 2004 on Flickr and MySpace, so it started in the entertainment and lifestyle industry," said Alexandra Tursi, a social media expert.

Tursi says celebrities got into taking pictures of themselves and it had a ripple effect throughout the world.

"When I have this awesome moment, when I'm in a great place or I'm really happy and I want to share the moment," Ozeki said.

"I think it's potentially positive, but like a lot of good things it can potentially be overused," said Dr. David Rettew, a psychiatrist.

Rettew says selfies gratify basic human desires-- control and validation.

"You get a number; you know exactly how many Twitter followers you have and how many likes you get on Facebook. That can get somebody's competitive juices going. You see that number you want to increase it," he explained.

Experts say these images have started a lifestyle narrative, telling your personal story online. A way of creating a self-brand. The thing is not everyone has been schooled on brand management.

"If you are applying for a job and someone Googles you and a selfie comes up that might not be flattering or appropriate that can become a challenge for you," Tursi said. "It's really thinking about how and why instead of good versus bad."

They can go too far. Case in point-- the scandal surrounding former congressman and candidate for New York City mayor Anthony Weiner and his racy selfies. Dr. Rettew says the habit can be unhealthy and self-absorbing at some points.

"When it becomes very unidirectional," he explained. "So, if all somebody is doing is posting pictures of themselves or describing their life and not spending any time trying to get to know other people."

"Andy Warhol said that we all have our 15 minutes of fame and I think today it's 15 seconds of fame, and a selfie is a great way to have 15 seconds of fame," Tursi said.

If selfies were a traded commodity on the stock market you might say things are looking up!

Rettew says social media makes it easier for people who struggle in social settings to express their feelings, but he encourages families to have conversations about online behavior to make sure problems don't arise down the road.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • N.H. man killed in Lunenburg crash

    N.H. man killed in Lunenburg crash

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:33:55 GMT
    One man is dead following a tractor trailer rollover in Lunenburg.
    One man is dead following a tractor trailer rollover in Lunenburg.
  • 2 charged with skid-steer joyride on I-89

    2 charged with skid-steer joyride on I-89

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:15:25 GMT
    The theft of some construction vehicles caused chaos on the Interstate this weekend.
    The theft of some construction vehicles caused chaos on the Interstate this weekend.
  • Bike racers wrap up weekend events

    Bike racers wrap up weekend events

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:59:03 GMT
    The Green Mountain Stage Race took to the streets of Burlington Monday.
    The Green Mountain Stage Race took to the streets of Burlington Monday.
  • Allergy sufferers brave ragweed season

    Allergy sufferers brave ragweed season

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:08:26 GMT
    If you're sneezing, your nose is running and you're eyes are itchy once again this year -- you're not alone. Fall pollen counts are peaking in our region and proving tough for allergy sufferers looking to enjoy the outdoors.Despite a spate of heat and humidity, the signs of fall are undeniable. Cooler temperatures and color are on the way. And even though many think of spring as "allergy season" due to tree pollens, this time of year can be particularly tough for allergy sufferers, too -- bec...
    If you're sneezing, your nose is running and you're eyes are itchy once again this year -- you're not alone. Fall pollen counts are peaking in our region and proving tough for allergy sufferers looking to enjoy the outdoors.Despite a spate of heat and humidity, the signs of fall are undeniable. Cooler temperatures and color are on the way. And even though many think of spring as "allergy season" due to tree pollens, this time of year can be particularly tough for allergy sufferers, too -- bec...
  • Holiday drivers find lower prices at the pump

    Holiday drivers find lower prices at the pump

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:59:21 GMT
    Drivers this holiday weekend found lower gas prices at the pump.
    Drivers this holiday weekend found lower gas prices at the pump.
  • Sanders addresses Labor Day rally

    Sanders addresses Labor Day rally

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:51:52 GMT
    Community members gathered in Burlington's Battery Park Monday to celebrate Labor Day -- and hear from Senator Bernie Sanders.Union leaders addressed the importance of employees supporting one another. They also thanked the community for supporting Vermont's unions. Senator Sanders says the holiday is for working people to not only celebrate their gains, but to also address issues facing the working class."There's a lot of work in front of us if we're going to make sure that our kids and our ...
    Community members gathered in Burlington's Battery Park Monday to celebrate Labor Day -- and hear from Senator Bernie Sanders.Union leaders addressed the importance of employees supporting one another. They also thanked the community for supporting Vermont's unions. Senator Sanders says the holiday is for working people to not only celebrate their gains, but to also address issues facing the working class."There's a lot of work in front of us if we're going to make sure that our kids and our ...
  • Authorities seize animals from Santa's Land

    Authorities seize animals from Santa's Land

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:32:03 GMT
    The Windham County Sheriffs Department says it seized multiple animals from the theme park this weekend.
    The Windham County Sheriffs Department says it seized multiple animals from the theme park this weekend.
  • Body discovered in Massena

    Body discovered in Massena

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:02:43 GMT
    New York State Police are investigating an unidentified body found in Massena.
    New York State Police are investigating an unidentified body found in Massena.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.