Selfie : an obsessive reflection of the society
When Joseph Nicephore Niepce took the first photograph in 1814, he never thought that photographs would undergo such catastrophic transformations in near future.
Earlier photographs were merely treated as a tool to capture moments and memories worth remembering, but today we have a different definition of photographs!
Presently, a photograph can make people judgemental for the things that are nearly impossible to visualize from the naked human eyes!
But photographs weren’t enough, so we discovered selfies or self-portraits.
The first ever self-portrait or a selfie was taken by Robert Cornelius in 1839 and from then to this day selfies have gained popularity with immense speed.
Selfies in the real sense can be best characterized as a drug of self-obsession that we inject to increase our pace in the race of patting ourselves on the back. It is not only making the human race psychologically judgemental but has also made the society more unsocial and dreadful.
Earlier when we used to visit a place as a non-entity and ask others to take our pictures, we could easily socialize and feel a sense of belongingness to other human being but scenes have changed now.
We have started taking our own pictures, but the level of satiation is not limited to just one picture, an entire album might fall short to count the number of selfies that we desire to take in a single visit.
We keep ourselves so busy in capturing moments that we do not bother about living it at that time.
It is not only an obsession but a serious mental disorder that is proved scientifically, a term called ‘selfitis’ has been given by the psychologists which means ‘selfie’ ‘fits’ on bifurcating, which describes the obsessive need to post selfies on social media.
It’s high time that we should think about bidding a goodbye to the ‘selfie culture’ as it has made us narcissist. In the competition of presenting the best version of ourselves, we have actually overlooked the real version of ourselves.
We have also started endangering our valuable lives due to this addiction but unfortunately, there is no rehabilitation to it. News flashing on the television screen about a death caused due to an attempt at taking a fascinating selfie is not unusual anymore.
Studies tell that India has the highest number of deaths caused due to selfies in the recent years. The question that arises is that ‘what is more important, risking life to capture a moment or sacrificing a selfie to live other moments?’
It’s good to click pictures to show it to your children and grandchildren but it is best to be present and narrate them those moments verbally.