It’s become so easy for older generations to drag millennials for our avocado toast and selfie obsessions while pointing out that we’re killing chain restaurants and unable to buy houses. But is our obsession with selfies really a bad thing.
Today, unlike even a decade ago, it’s so easy to take out a camera and document a moment. Ever since the invention of the camera phone, cameras have been put into our pockets and are always within an arms reach. From incredible sunsets to a friends night out, and great looking avocado toast at Starbucks, we’re always taking pictures of something throughout the day.
The rise in popularity of Instagram also doesn’t help this. The ability to share photos and get feedback from friends in family (and strangers) in an instant, creates this weird need to share everything with everyone. Getting even 50 likes on a selfie can improve confidence in only a second. The instant validation we can receive on pictures of ourselves and our lives does in a way create an added stress in life, however it can improve your emotional health.
The rise in selfie culture has been aided by websites like Facebook and Instagram that allow you to share photos or albums for friends to see. Apps like Snapchat allow users to send selfies or other pictures to friends for short durations of time. Snapchat’s recent addition of facial filters that add things like classes, change hair color, or other fun effects has increased the sharing of selfies from at least my friends.
While the rise in narcissism in millennials could be attributed to selfies, it’s probably also correlated to our drive for independence from others and other attributes.