“Hey wait! First, let me take a selfie” I’m sure you’ve heard someone say this. May have even said it yourself? Where does the selfie go? Well, social media of course! The mere thought and sight of a “Selfie” has become a cyber-explosion and growing trend across the world. Okay, sure. Selfies are used for expressing ourselves, showing our family and friends what we are up to, sharing something we are excited about like a new hairdo or tracking health and wellness goals. It’s okay to be confident. It’s okay to share. It’s okay to be healthy!
While you may or may not like the term “Selfie”, it has become the coined phrase to describe when one takes a photo of themselves and shares it on social media. Selfie has even been added to the online dictionary.
Another term “Healthy Selfie” was adopted for when your selfies are showing your social media followers that you are up to something good such as walking, hiking, eating an apple or trying to be better and do something better for yourself. Obviously, it is a good idea to participate in such activities and there are even apps and contests in which you can submit those selfies using #healthyselfie on social media. Selfies are judged on most creative, most inspirational and best overall healthy selfie. Share, share, share when it is something good, absolutely!
When, then, is it not a good idea to snap that Selfie? Here are a few Selfie No-No’s.
DO NOT: Overdo it! Generally, don’t post any more than three selfies in one day, even three is probably pushing it. Yes, people do enjoy seeing your face; though too many selfies can start to become annoying to your social media followers, friends or family. It can come across as self-obsessive, narcissistic and can potentially damage your real-life relationships.
DO: Share one or two but think first before you post another.
DO NOT: Post selfies in an in-appropriate situation! There have been a few circulating around the internet that should have never been put out there to begin with such as; the selfie guy with his teacher having contractions behind him; the guy in front of a burning building (same goes for burning cars), the guy smiling or goofing off at a funeral. Also driving with one hand taking selfies in the car is not a good idea. Any activity that is unsafe or unhealthy should be avoided in a selfie. Remember what you do online stays there and can haunt you forever.
DO: Consider the situation. Think before you post!
DO NOT: Ignore what’s behind you! Watch out for odd situations such as a tree that would appear to be sticking out from your head, photo bombers, messy backgrounds or something that can be considered an invasion of someone’s privacy. Before you take that selfie in the mirror of a men’s room please make sure there is no one standing behind you at the urinal. In that locker room photo, don’t capture someone undressing nearby. Please don’t copycat Michael Buble who took a selfie showing off someone’s backside hanging out of their shorty-shorts behind him.
DO: Be cognizant of your surroundings and avoid potentially embarrassing situations. Often the setting is the reason for the selfie, try to offset yourself so you can capture more of that amazing background. Stay mindful of what others may be doing around you, when you notice something “off” appearing in your photo consider using discretion before you post.
DO NOT: Depend on the selfie to define you! When you are putting that selfie out there you are leaving yourself open for all kinds of comments; positive or negative. While most people may not say anything if they don’t have something nice to say, not everyone has that restraint or tact.
DO: Expect all kinds of comments and don’t let them change your self-image!
We live in an extraordinary world. Remember that. Stop to take in the sights and sounds of nature, environment, pets or other people. Live in the moment. Before you tell your friends “First, let me take a selfie!” consider putting down your phone to experience life in the moment because it can be a sensational and liberating experience. Still want to snap that selfie because it’s something you just can’t miss being a part of? Go ahead. Snap away! Healthy? Share. Good? Share. Contemplate the Selfie No-No’s. Is the photo PC? No. You may want to keep it to yourself. Yes. Great, post away!