Technology has brought forth a lot of innovations and a lot of things have changed since tech has become smarter and more intuitive than ever. However, no one could have predicted the rise to popularity of the phenomenon called Selfie. For those that somehow managed to stay away completely from mainstream media and have no idea what a selfie is, it isnâ€™t that complicated: A selfie is what they call a picture that you take yourself, of yourself. Itâ€™s done through the front facing camera of any smartphone nowadays. While selfies have been around for a while now, the quality differs drastically from generation to generation due to the equipment used.
Todayâ€™s batch of selfie cameras
Today, smartphones have advanced enough so that pretty much all devices are equipped with a more than competent front camera. This wasnâ€™t always the case. When front facing cameras first appeared, they were nothing more than VGA sensors which didnâ€™t produce quality photos. But it was all people had, thus they had no idea that things could be better.
When it comes to social norms and selfies, Appleâ€™s iPhone is at the top of the list thanks to its immaculate photo sensors. Both the back camera and the front camera are of excellent quality across all iPhone models for a few generations now. Thatâ€™s great news for anyone that own an iPhone and wants to start taking selfies.
Filters, a selfieâ€™s best friend and how to use them
If youâ€™re into taking selfies, you are probably into using filters as well. To keep it short, filters are basically added on top of images in order to convey different effects. For example, if you want a picture to seem old you would use the basic black and white or sepia filter.
Not all people are skilled with filters however and thatâ€™s why you see so many pictures online that are â€œoverfilteredâ€. If thatâ€™s not a real word, it should be, because itâ€™s the only way to express whatâ€™s going on with some peopleâ€™s Instagram photos. Speaking of Instagram, itâ€™s a social media platform that was founded around the concept of selfies and sharing images of yourself, taken by yourself, with others. That only speaks for the kind of social reach that selfies have today.
Show me your selfies and Iâ€™ll tell you who you are
Selfies can hold a lot of influence online. The online medium is a place where selfies yield enormous influence and putting it to good use can get you a lot of recognition. After all, there are famous people that have made a fortune just by posting compelling pictures of themselves on the internet. And they do that for a living, and theyâ€™re living like kings and queens.
In order to have a great online presence, selfies are a must in todayâ€™s society. A selfie can say a lot of things about the way you usually act and what you like. How much time you spend before you actually send a selfie also holds some important clues about your personality. In fact, there is an entire Selfie guide dedicated to how to properly take selfies.
Is this a fad?
Some are inclined to say yes even though selfies have been around for a long time now. Despite the opinions of some however, selfies donâ€™t seem like theyâ€™re going anywhere. Theyâ€™ve been around in a rudimentary form ever since phones barely had a back camera, let alone a â€œselfie cameraâ€.Â This speaks about peopleâ€™s ambition of doing things themselves and not being limited by who is around to help. When you look at it from that perspective, you can easily perceive selfies as a stand for independence. People like to do things themselves more than ever, and the less help they need, the better. This seems to translate perfectly in the ideology behind the selfieÂ and what it means for generations going onwards.