Cut to present day where selfies have taken over the world. From kids who are learning to walk to old people who are slowly losing their ability to – everyone is clicking a selfie. At any tourist destination, I spend less time admiring the place and more time avoiding walking into other people’s selfies. The back row at a concert a sad place to be in, because all you could see were heads. Now, all you see is floating selfie sticks. The population issue is at its peak and no place to walk on the sidewalks. To make things worse there is a great-wall-of-teen-girls clicking duck faces (quack-quack)! What happened to us as living beings? When did looking at yourself on the front camera become the new mirror? When did mass narcissism become an epidemic? And why the f*uck did people start making faces in public to a metallic-inanimate-technologically-developed-piece-of-communication-hardware?
When I buy a phone- I look for RAM space, performance, software and maybe (just maybe) the colour. I have never judged my phone decisions on the basis of how good it is at clicking photos of me. Phone are sold as “devices made for clicking selfies”. With the snapchat-app, you can take a selfie, with someone else’s face as your face with the feature they like to call ‘face swap’. So even if I don’t want to take one, someone can place my face on their face and click one for me. Wow. Technology!
See, I’m not saying I hate selfies. I am genuinely scared of them. You walk into an elevator that has mirrored walls and suddenly you start setting your hair, checking your makeup or fixing your clothes. Why? Because you can see yourself. Your brain is conscious about how you look. Now imagine, in the middle of dinner, someone decides to hold an elevator mirror against your face and asks you to smile. How does that feel? I’m a very introverted person who secretly judges people who take selfies at airports and coffee shops. My fear mainly lies within someone else like me is also going to judge me for my photo-clicking-choices. I read in the news the other day; India tops the list of the most selfie-related deaths in the world. That’s right! People have been stupid enough to fall off buildings or get hit by cars right in the middle of self-validating photo sessions. If you are that person who is walking down the road and randomly decide to stop and click a photo of yourself, I admire your confidence, just not your intelligence.