I woke up this morning, looked in the mirror, and thought. “Damn, I look good.” So, what did I do? Obviously, I took a selfie and snapchatted it to everyone. As if that wasn’t enough, then I instagrammed it with the caption ”I woke up like this #selfie.” 

 

Alright. Maybe that’s not exactly how my morning went, but let’s be honest, it’s believable. The selfie epidemic is here and it’s spreading. Quickly. Not to mention, the word ‘selfie’ is officially in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary now. Really?  Welcome to the lives of the Millennial Generation, folks!

 

Self•ie noun \‘sel-fē\

Definition: an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks

-Merriam-Webster Dictionary

 

What a wonderful life this noun has lived. What started off as just a teenage girl in front of a mirror with a set of lips that have similar qualities of a duck (oh, and let’s not forget the peace sign on standby), now seems to be taking over the world. It is the trendiest Internet fad of our time. 

 

If you don’t fully understand this trend, thank God I’m not the only one. But if I learned anything in school, I know that learning the past helps you better understand the present. So...

 

Cerca de 2002, the selfie was viewed as something only awkward and self-centered people posted on their social media platform. Now, it’s a whole different game. If you aren’t taking selfies, you aren’t living. But what has made the selfie so trendy?

 

Could it be the Smartphone amenity of a front-facing camera? Or could it be that every celebrity on the planet has decided to continuously take pictures of themselves? Yeah, they don’t get enough attention as it is. Remember when that small, low-key tweet by Ellen DeGeneres and her closest friends was posted at the 2014 Oscars? If not, it’s understandable. It only has 3.5 million retweets, not to mention the selfie crashed Twitter for several hours. So, technology or celebrities? The question may remain unanswered, but at this point does anyone care?

Before you go off into the profound world of social media, a world dictated by retweets, favorites, likes and hashtags, trust me when I tell you it’ll save you from social suicide if you know the difference between acceptable and unacceptable selfies. 

 

Unacceptable: Duck lips, mirror selfies, peace sign 

 

 

Acceptable: Pretty much everything else