Rant on the Selfie Culture

The selfie culture is really getting out of hand. People go to great lengths to get that ultimate selfie shot and unfortunately it often ends up being the ultimate one for real. The latest incident involves some idiot who stopped to pose over red-hot coals, not understanding the principle that allowed him to walk over those coals in the first place and causing all the people behind him to get hurt as well.

This madness ranges from people damaging nature and artwork to people falling-off cliffs or being killed by wild animals. There is an impressive list of selfie-related injuries and deaths on Wikipedia.

Monica and I, New Years Eve 2015
Monica and I, Medellin, Colombia, New Years Eve 2015

I personally dislike and frankly do not understand this urge to take pictures of yourself. Sure, I like taking the occasional “selfie” with my lovely wife Monica so we have some souvenirs of our time together in case something happens to one of us. But I don’t understand this need to have so many pictures of oneself, or worse, pictures of oneself in front of some beautiful animal, scenery or monument. If I travel to the Taj Mahal or the Grand Canyon, I want pictures of the Taj Mahal and the Grand Canyon, not pictures of myself. I just can’t wrap my head around the idea of these people coming back from their trip and showing their pictures of friends and family: “here’s me in front of the Taj Mahal, here’s me in front of the Eiffel Tower, here’s me in front of Angkor Wat.” Ewwww!

But then it seems to have become a competition about who can take the most stupidly dangerous selfie and the results are all too often tragic. Just imagine the horror of two kids who witnessed their parents fall to their death while taking a selfie? And people often take selfies with complete disregard for other people or disrespect for the animals, landscaping or monuments they are taking a selfie in front of.

dangerous-selfieBut dangerous and damaging or not, I personally just find this whole selfie craze, well, just plain crazy. I can sort of understand teenage girls taking selfies of themselves every 5 minutes and sharing them with their friends, they do have a strong need for self-affirmation. But grown adults? Have we become so self-centered that we must take pictures of ourselves everywhere we go?