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Davis 1Kiarra Davis DuerdenEng. 1014 Nov. 2015Final Draft of Writing Project 2It is amazing how the advancement of technology can create trends that become globally known, such as the Selfie. With the creation of phones, with its new front facing camera, it has become much easier to create the perfect image of oneself. These selfies are then taken and posted onto social media platform where millions of people “like” them. Some believe that there are many positive effects of the selfie phenomenon, but others see it as a symbol of the narcissistic age, or how selfish we have become. Elizabeth Day shows the positives and negatives of this phenomenon in her article, “How Selfies became a Global Phenomenon.” Day is correct in her belief that there are both positive and negative sides to taking “selfies.In the article “How Selfies became a Global Phenomenon”by Elizabeth Day, she explores the negative and positive aspects of the Selfie phenomenon. A selfie is a self-portrait of oneself using a front facing camera. She argues that selfies are an extension of people’s character, it is a way for people to express their individuality with the rest of the world. Humans have a natural desire to seek out self- affirmation or social acceptance from society and so posting selfies on social media is a way to make that possible. People also simply use selfies as a photographical diary to record themselves at that specific moment in time. Some argue that selfies actually make it easier to gain autobiographical information about an individual because after all, pictures tell a thousand words. In contrast to the positive things about selfies, Day also
Davis 2argues that selfies lead to addictive behavior. The act of taking the photo and being overly concerned with how many people “like” the photo is a sign of addictive behavior. Another thing she mentions is that whenever the selfie is posted on the internet, the individual has no control over how the world will think about it. One of the biggest concerns is that selfies are a representation of how we as a society are becoming more narcissistic. Many believe that selfies make people more selfish. Another concern is that women self-objectifying themselves as if they are models for pornographic films by posting semi-pornographic photos; in contrast, others have made a career out of the selfie.