When I was younger a no makeup selfie would have been out of the question. We live in a world of selfies, self-obsession, and an ultra-connected, scrutinizing world. And the more that we scrutinize the celebrities, we inwardly examine ourselves, trying to determine our worth.
Maybe social media allows us to peek into other people’s lives, obsessed, envious, yet competitive. It’s a new kind of survival of the fittest, where the “have’s” and the “have-nots” become categories. The haves are the followed, and the have nots are followers. We follow to be followed.
Yet here we are in our mundane lives, seeking excitement by social media.
Nonetheless, we learn, we read, we share and advancements have taken new strides. We become informed. No more having to go to the library to read, or wait for the daily paper for yesterday’s news. Twitter allows immediate news no matter how insignificant posted every second of the day. We are all being watched. You cannot commit a crime, make a fool of ourselves, be a bully to someone else in public without being photographed or filmed by phone. We are the paparazzi. We cannot speak freely without criticism. Hawkers of racism, inappropriateness, are waiting to tell you why what you did is wrong.
That being said, we are all going back to basics. The “#nomakeupselfie” is a new trend to show that we are real, we are not photo-shopped, and despite the world of beauty, basic is beautiful as well.
So now what? Narcs of the world are watching and sometimes you have to realize that criticism is good to a point. Social media keeps us in check in some ways. Just stay away from the negators, haters, the ones that don’t hold any validity in what they say.
That being said, self-obsession has brought the shy hermits out, allowing them to express themselves with their fingertips.
Here’s some tips to keep sane:
1) Do a #nomakeupselfie
2) Ignore all haters
3) Check yourself. Sometimes you are wrong.
4) Read, read, read. Information will keep you keen.
5) Who do you admire and why?
6) Selfies say it’s okay to love yourself
7) Always see positivity
8) Be a cheerleader
9) Never be a hater (wasted energy)