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The "Selfie" phenomena

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Katherine Lavergne

on 22 February 2014

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Transcript of The "Selfie" phenomena

The "Selfie" Phenomena
Who takes selfies?
Short answer: everyone
What is a "Selfie"?
A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website
Selfie was named the 2013 "Word of the Year" by the Oxford Dictionary
The use of the word "Selfie" rose 17,000% since the year 2012
From President Obama...
There are currently over 80 million "Selfies" on Instagram

Social Media provides a perfect platform for sharing selfies
All the way to the Pope himself!
To President Obama's daughters taking selfies at his 2nd Inaguration
Source: Instagram #selfie
So what's the problem with Selfies?
The latest selfie trend is...FUNERAL SELFIES!!!
Let's take a look at the latest popular selfie trends..
Followed by the ever popular seflies with homeless people trend
What is this saying? it's all about ME!!
Why do we need the self esteem boost that selfies seem to promote?
According to Clive Thompson a technology writer "People are wrestling with how they appear to the rest of the world.
Taking a photograph is a way of trying to understand how people see you, who you are and what you look like, and there's nothing wrong with that."
So is this okay?
While popular culture may tell us YES! the bible tells us NO!
According to Clinical Psychologist Dr.Jessamy Hubbard

"Everyone is different but seeking approval in this way could be damaging to the confidence of young people. It could warp their perception of themselves in later life."

The other side of the popular culture argues against selfies:
The counterargument that promotes selfies:
In 2012, 91 percent of teens posted photos of themselves on social media, according to the Pew Research Internet Project.
1 Samuel 16:7
Proverbs 31:30
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.
1 Peter 3:3-4
John 13:34
"The selfie phenomenon should remind everyone, regardless of their religious affiliation, that we as people are unhealthily into ourselves. "
-Pastor Erik Raymond Author of Selfies and The Gospel
"Selfies say, “I’m here! I’m important! I matter!” God says that he is what matters, and the only image that should concern us is the one in whom rests the image of the invisible God."
-Josh Philpot Writer for The Gospel Coalition
So what is the solution?
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