Why the selfie generation is much more than a generation

Can the selfie phenomenon be merely reduced to a generation? I believe it is much more than that.

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  • At this very moment, the most ironic global event is taking place: the obsession with the selfie. People have called selfie-takers Gen Y, Millennials or Generation Selfie.

    But can the selfie phenomenon be merely reduced to a generation?

    People have argued, "There's nothing wrong with being your best selfie," and why society should "Have more faith in Generation Selfie." Insightful commentators have explained how selfie-taking is merely another way to "write" contemporary conversation.

    On the flip side, others have exposed how we're in the middle of a selfie-addiction crisis that could be turning many 20-somethings into narcissists who lack human warmth and connection.

    A few have enlightened us that selfies weren't merely born when mothers were giving life to children during the early 1980s to early 2000s. Instead, they argue that artists have been rendering self-portraits for centuries, so why does the new medium of today -- the smart phone -- really change anything at all? Still, art curators find this extremely demeaning to the Greats.

    I wonder, however, if there is more about this singularity that we're not tapping into -- even with all of the marketers, psychologists and reporters going on about it with just the same amount of absorption and obsession for which these specialists are claiming the selfie-takers have for their "art."

    Let me explain: Before the genesis of this blog post, came a simple, unprofessional survey conducted by me, myself and I. I came up with a slew of different headlines on various subjects I thought might intrigue online readers. I then asked my Facebook friends to vote. The majority ruled for an article about this selfie generation about which I am speaking.

    I commenced on researching this favored topic. Then it hit me. I discovered one simple truth: everyone is completely infatuated — yes, infatuated — with the entire notion of the Selfie-with-a-capital-S.

    While I acknowledge that what I am saying is nothing new -- that narcissism did not begin with Instagram and SnapChat -- I would like to propose that the selfie generation is more than a generation, or several generations. It's actually quite simply who we are as an intellectual, self-aware, sophisticated species. It's in our blood, our DNA, our narratives, our religion and even our deity: "In the beginning ... God created man in His own image." Genesis 1:27.

    The discussion going on today about the selfie generation is one large ironic piece of evidence to the entire pile of proofs: we are obsessed with ourselves, even our selfies -- and for good reason. Darwin called it survival of the fittest, and I think that still fits today. We will always be intrigued with ourselves. It helps us survive; just ask Freud or Jung.

    Disclaimers:

    1. Some argue that Gen Z is also/instead the Generation Selfie.

    2. I am NOT throwing God under the bus. I believe on a deeper, more intellectual and spiritual note that if we studied the Book of Genesis, we might discover why self-love is a telling way we can show our love to God and thank Him for who we are. God must love himself if He was willing to create man in His image; therefore appropriate self-love is not a bad thing, but perhaps a God-like trait.

    3. I acknowledge as the author of yet another post on selfies, I am just as much to blame as anyone for the stack of evidence.

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Alexandra Crafton is a possibilitarian, creative writer, editor, boarder, photographer, and believer in Christ. Get to know her more by visiting her website.

Website: http://alexandracrafton.com

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