It’s #NationalSelfieDay! Thanks to social media and the smartphone, June 21st recognizes a form of self-portrait that couldn’t exist without them. On National Selfie Day, we are encouraged to take creative (and appropriate) selfies and share them on social media.
Taking a selfie predates social media, but with smartphones, the popularity of taking these self-portraits and the ability to do so has never been more effortless. The word “selfie” is now in the Oxford dictionary. Selfie sticks and multi-functional camera phones make it all too easy to take these kinds of photographs as well as group selfies (aka groupies).
On average, 93 million selfies are posted per day and 10 selfies are posted to Instagram every 10 seconds.
While there are critics of the “selfie generation” it turns out that there are some positive aspects of taking a selfie.
- Unifies people—people use group selfies to bring people together and commemorate the moment. Also known as “groupies.”
- Tracks progress—if you love working out, with goals to reach with your fitness, keeping track of your gains and progress is essential. In 2016, most Mirror selfies meant all kinds of gym-goers were either lifting weights at the gym or practicing their posing and flexing for a fitness competition—in front of a mirror.
- User-friendly— probably the easiest type of photos to take. Open front-facing camera. Pose. Snap.