“Selfies!” They are everywhere. It can be fun, but to some it can also be discouraging when they compare their pictures to others they see online or in the media.
There are positive and negative reviews and debates of “selfies.” But what do you think?
PHOTO BY: Leigh Thompson (a selfie)
Selfies can be so innocent and fun! Some of us (especially the outgoing ones) like to share our moments with others and document as many moment’s as possible. Ok, so maybe you don’t and you’re outgoing, but I wish I had more pictures from growing up. I also wish I had more pictures from college. I was so busy living and doing awesome things but don’t have the pictures to look back on and remember.
So here’s some of the things that stood out to me while doing research for the “selfie” blog:
1. Taking “selfies for fun and sharing important parts of your life can be positive overall.
2. It’s very easy to start comparing yourself not only to pictures from Hollywood and the media, but to your friends on facebook. It can be easy to feel as if you don’t measure up in appearance.
3. Statistics already show women and men who aren’t happy with how they look can develop an eating disorder.
4. Like many things in life balance seems to be the key in keeping “selfie’s” positive.
5. It’s more appealing to others for you to post some “selfies” that are not the most flattering. No one looks amazing all the time, and you are then more relatable when you aren’t striving for outward perfection (which doesn’t really exist).
6. Selfie’s can boost or breakdown your Body Image and Self Image. It often seems to come down to how and why you are taking them in the first place.
7. Keep it light and fun, or for simply sharing your life’s journey through a photo. This will help you to balance and focus on what’s the most important to you.
You are beautiful. Loved. Valuable. Worthy.Priceless Daughter’s created by God.
No matter what you look like or feel like you need to know you are here to love and be loved. Anything pulling you away from loving yourself and others is likely to lead you down a destructive and dangerous road.
Try to respect who you are and those around you as you consider what pictures you take and post.
Are “selfies” having a negative or positive impact on your body image?