By Marla Newsom
This past year selfies have taken over every social media platform. On Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and any other app that allows you to post a picture you’ll most likely see a selfie and I don’t see a problem with that. Everyone should be able to love theirselfie, although it seems like people rather judge those who are taking pictures instead of letting them be.
Recently there was a video posted of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority sisters from Arizona State University taking selfies at a baseball game in Arizona. The video was a few minutes long and it consisted of the MLB announcer mocking the girls rather than letting them do what they want without commenting. The comments varied from, “Here’s my first bite of the churro. Here’s my second bite of the churro.” to, “That’s the best one of the 300 pictures I’ve taken of myself today!’ All of the comments were unnecessarily rude, but of course there are people who saw the comments to be funny, because making fun of girls taking pictures with each other is something laughable… right? What’s laughable is thinking people don’t go to the games for the Chickie and Pete’s fries and pulled pork sandwiches.
Many people don’t understand that selfies have become second nature to teenagers. When we make plans with our friends, we already know while getting ready that there’s going to be selfies taken. We already know that we are most likely going to post it on Instagram and add a cute caption relating to the picture. Taking and editing pictures is just a way teenagers have fun and express themselves and it shouldn’t be ridiculed or the center of anyone’s joke.
Selfies are a bigger deal than most people want to accept. Selfies take a lot of self-confidence and self-love. I know there is people who think taking selfies means you’re self absorbed, but a large amount of the time it’s the complete opposite. Many people go through a phase in their life where they aren’t happy with themselves, so when they get to a point in their life that they feel good about themselves why are people so quick to bash? It takes some people years to be happy and feel beautiful, so what if they want to post a picture? Let them feel good in that moment!
Rather than criticize people who take pictures when they go out, or take pictures when they stay in we should learn to spread selfie love. If you’re feeling hot, take that selfie! If you’re at a new place you have never been to before, take that selfie! If you’re at a party, take that selfie! If you’re at a baseball game, take that selfie! Don’t stop taking selfies, because someone made fun of you for it. If someone is making fun of you for it, just post even more.