Sharing Selfies

In mid-2015, I decided that I wanted to start taking more photographs and this is a decision which I absolutely do not regret. I’ve got a huge collection of lovely pictures of me with my friends and I treasure them very highly. If you don’t take many pictures, I strongly advise that you start doing so. I used to hate having my picture taken, but I am much less bothered now and I’ve got things to look over whenever I’m feeling sentimental.

Anyway, this has prompted me to think two things. First of all, why is it called a selfie when it includes more than one person? I always thought it said “self” because you’re by yourself. Surely a “selfie” with two people should be a “bothie”? And if it’s more than two, why not a “groupie”? It’s just something I wonder about.

But that’s not my main reason for writing this blog post. I actually wanted to talk about how I think it’s much nicer to have pictures with people now that I have a camera phone with a “selfie mode.” In the past, taking a photo was something to do so that I had something nice to look at afterwards, but now it is something nice to do on its own. I guess I just like bunching up close with people for a picture. Also the fact that everybody can see how they’re going to look in it helps to ensure that everyone is happy with how they look. It’s nice. It probably helps everybody to feel good about themselves.

For as much cynicism as there is about taking “selfies” I actually love taking them. I’ll have to print them off at some point and fill up a nice photo album.

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