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Why is everyone so obsessed with selfies?

Millennials. We share our latest meals, workouts, check-ins and, of course, #selfies. Specifically, selfies. SO many bloody selfies. What’s up with that?



Millennials have gotten a really bad reputation, and don’t misunderstand, though I am a millennial, I’m definitely not defending them.

We’ve been tagged as the selfish, lazy, narcissistic generation with little ambition and even fewer endearing characteristics. I’m a firm believer that it’s the results of lazy parenting, but a lot of people blame it on the continued emphasis on technology and social media. I definitely won’t argue that being connected doesn’t always help. Maybe they’re on to something.
We share our latest meals, workouts, check-ins and, of course, #selfies. Specifically, selfies. SO many bloody selfies.



Speaking of which, like millennials, I think these pics got a somewhat unfair shake. First, it’s important to understand, that though I am a part of this generation of miscreants, I definitely think twice AND look around before snapping one. I won’t speak for everyone, but I think most people do consider who’s around them before duck facing into their iPhones. BTW, please stop making that face.

I think the concept of the selfie didn’t start off all bad. Someone wanted to freeze a moment, and there was simply no one around to snap it for them, so they improvised. It’s the people who abuse the selfie that are to blame for all this bad publicity. I’d be willing to bet (if I did bet) that these selfie abusers are the same 20-somethings that scream “YOLO”, take 6+ years to finish their Bachelor’s and argue with people over Facebook. THOSE millennials are a-holes.

To get something right, you have to do it yourself

I will say this about snapping a “me” shot – NO one knows my face better than I do. No one understands my best angles (unless they’re professional), and I don’t know about you, but I always feel bad deleting a picture I hate that someone else has snapped then making them take another. Call me crazy, but sometimes it’s just easier to get one yourself. Normally the combination of being ready, a pleasing angle and filters (if you use them), combine quite nicely, making you look #onfleek without needing to recruit help. No need to ask a stranger or some mediocre acquaintance for snapshot assistance. You’re perfectly capable of taking an awesome photo by your damn self. Props, bro.

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Keep on keepin’ on

I think if the action doesn’t seem at least a little silly or narcissistic to you upon snapping, then maybe the art of selfies might be cause for concern. If your iCloud is full of pictures of your face, you probably have a problem. Just saying.

Bottom line, I think everyone should keep snapping modestly because, well, you’re not hurting anyone, and you’re able to show that charming face of yours to any family member, friend or admirer. Let’s just make sure to keep it classy, folks.


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Staff writer, Ashley Lombardo, earned her B.S. in journalism from The University of Florida and has used her skills to report on everything from the economy to productivity. She is well-known for her tremendously positive presence, and when she's not trying to save the world she indulges in red wine, friends, fitness, books, bubble baths, shoes, family and love.

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