Is the Selfie Era Making Us More Body Conscious?

Hi Everyone

Today the lovely Debbie will be guest posting over on WhatLauraLoves.  She’s written a really thought provoking article that I think many of you will enjoy reading because its something that effects a lot of us.  You can follow her on Twitter here.  I’ve also inserted some #selfie pictures of myself that I have posted on Instagram, you can follow me here.

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The #Selfie Era Making Us More Body Conscious

The ‘selfie’ phenomenon
continues to grow in 2014, with a third of the nation now posting a photo of
themselves at least twice a week. According to the
Daily Mail, new research
conducted by Tesco Mobile found that more than 17 million selfies are uploaded
to social networking sites on a weekly basis!

 

Selfies wearing make up- no filters used

The selfie, officially described by the Oxford
Dictionaries as ‘a photograph that one has taken of
oneself, typically one taken with a smart phone or webcam and uploaded to a
social media website’, was
named as the word of the year in 2013.

Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are just some of the celebrities
to jump on the selfie bandwagon. Even the Royal family and politicians have
been seen embracing the self-portrait craze. Not all selfies have shown people
at their best – some of the most amusing pics have shown subjects looking
bleary-eyed first thing in the morning. These are good for a chuckle at first
but you might be better advised to keep on top of personal care if you don’t
want images to come back to haunt you – stock up on the basics from companies
such as  Brosch Direct.

“I love taking selfies to remember special moments.  This is me and Lauren on our Simply Be photoshoot”- Laura

It seems that today, taking selfies has become part of
our daily lives, but is it just good fun or is it doing more harm than good?

Comparison
with celebrities

Many social media sites
are bombarded
with photos
of
celebrities and airbrushed models,
instantly giving these young people a distorted view of what ‘beautiful’ is.

With the ability to follow celebrity lives 24/7, it means we have constant
access to these images and this can lead to teenagers making
negative comparisons.

According to figures given to The Independent by ChildLine, there has been a
dramatic increase in the amount of children and teenagers struggling with
eating disorders.
The charity believes
that the increase could be due to the increased pressure caused by social media
and celebrity culture.

 

Selfies without make up- the middle one is the only one with a filter

Cyber
bullying
Posting selfies
online is a way for young people to seek attention and gain reassurance about
their appearance. Although the individual’s aim may be to get an excessive
number of likes or comments for a photo, they are also making themselves
vulnerable to
negative comments and bullying.
The
anonymity the internet provides attracts cyber bullies who
find themselves free to insult and harass others without consequence. This can lead to a knock in self-confidence,
and in more serious cases, it completely takes over the victim’s life, making
them feel scared and powerless in the comfort of their own homes.

Selfies wearing make up- no filters used

Skin and hair care brand Dove recently launched a new
ad campaign
that asked women to embrace the selfie trend and redefine the
concept of beauty.
The campaign, named
‘Selfie’, challenged young women and their mums to take an honest selfie, which
they felt represented their unique beauty.

The eight-minute film sees teenagers and their mums discussing their insecurities
and taking self-portraits on their phones before they are showcased at a public
gallery for people to leave comments on. According to
ABC News Dove’s own research
also revealed that 63% of women believe social media is influencing today’s
definition of beauty more than print media, film and music.

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2 Comments

  1. Zoe Lianne
    March 10, 2014 / 12:25 am

    This is a really interesting read! Admittedly I take them but am always sure to only show 'a good side' and not include pictures where I feel I look horrible. x

  2. littlemissstyleguru
    March 11, 2014 / 12:45 am

    I'm so crap at taking slfie pictures,i tried to do one in the mirror and got it totally wrong and took a photo of my phone u wanna see my instagram Laura i'm such a div honest lol,i do try though sometimes but never like them so i always get jamie to take them usually but urs are always lovely and ur skin always looks gorgeous too xx♥xx

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