by Dr. Suzana E. Flores
There are several terms and phrases that define our generation, and “the selfie” is one of them. The word selfie has become so widely-used, that in 2013 it was actually proclaimed the word of the year by the Oxford Dictionary.
The concept of self portrait has really taken on a new meaning in today’s self-image and photo-obsessed world, and people have invented a wide array of selfie categories such as: the shirtless guy selfie, the bathroom selfie, the cleavage selfie, the belfie (the butt selfie), the sleeping selfie, the no-makeup selfie, and the food selfie, and more. All we're missing is the Congressman Wiener selfie (you know what that is). Here are some other unique (and recently publicized) selfies:
The Airplane Captain Selfie:
And on that note, we have...
The Airplane Emergency Mask Selfie:
The Recent Car Crash Selfie:
The Why Women Live Longer than Men Selfie:
The Super Hero Selfie:
The Terminator Selfie:
And even ...
The Last Selfie You'll Ever Take Selfie:
What made selfies so popular in the first place and how did they develop into a social media self-expression "thing?" Before we analyze what selfies do for us psychologically, I thought I'd first take you on a historical tour of the evolution of the selfie so that you can get a glimpse into it's past, current and future landscape. Many people think that the selfie was invented just a short time ago when Facebook and Instagram became popular, however, it has actually been around for a while.