I Despise Selfies

To put it more politely than I would like, I despise “selfies”, you know those awful photos that warp the face; unknowing to individuals, who feel they need to show off but end up doing the opposite instead. Selfies to me reflect over-inflated egos, conceit, lack of self control, and impatience. Why not wait until there is a person around to take a photo of yourself so you can post it instead? The same goes for posting photos of tattoos while they are still red and inflamed from the needle that created them; let them heal, have some patience! As far as selfies go, they reflect a camera angle similar to the famous “The Dog” phenomena series trend that was around a few years ago. “The Dog” series shows a photo of a dog’s face so close up you can see up its snout. These dog photos give a warped view of the dog’s face creating a funny looking pup, so cute you have to giggle. Selfies have a similar warp to them because the person taking them is holding the camera and can only reach away as far as the arm can reach.

So why do seemingly beautiful people post these awful photos of themselves? I personally have a family member that has professional photos that are spectacular, but this family member does not post these photos, they post only selfies which are not flattering and in fact take away from the beauty.

I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder right?  To each there own I guess. It just seems like the person in the selfie is desperate and seems to be calling out ” aren’t I pretty?” The pouting lip selfies are even more desperate. Maybe it is a youth thing as I don’t typically see people over middle age posting selfies.

I guess it is a trend thing just like every era has. In my era glamour photos were the trend. These glamour photos are now made fun of on television shows like Ellen. Everything has a time and place where we as humans feel good about something and look back after years gone by and laugh at ourselves. Recently, I have seen the trend of ugly Christmas sweater parties. These sweaters were once a treasured fashion statement during the Christmas season. Hopefully selfies will soon be on the list of awful trends gone by. 

How odd I am…..

I have realized that I read magazines from back to front. I start at the front page and find myself quickly flipping to the back page and sort through the pages looking for stories of interest. Of all the unusual human behaviors in the world, I am sure I am alone in my ‘weirdness’. I have tried to figure out why I do this. Here are some of the ideas I have come up with… am I like an impatient kid at Christmas unwrapping the gift (looking for the good stuff) before I am supposed to? But, I never was a kid like that. My mom was a poor gift hider and I knew where she hid stuff. I never wanted to see gifts before Christmas because the rush at Christmas was better than knowing prematurely. In fact, I would get pissed off if I saw any of my gifts beforehand. I thought my mom should have done a better job of hiding them an I told her so repeatedly.  Go figure! Maybe I have some unknown mental thing related to dyslexia. I am an entrepreneur and approach some things differently than the mainstream. I am a completely unique person. Aren’t we all? I have very good morals. But, I feel different.

You might assume because I feel like an outsider and do not follow the mainstream that I am full of tats and piercings. Truth is … I don’t have one tattoo on my body and the only piercing I have is the one in my ear lobes… the old fashioned small invisible ones. I can appreciate others tattoos but for me I would feel like another sheep in line. Tattoos and unusual piercings are all too commonplace. Besides, I know myself well enough to know that no matter how well I like a picture or piece of art, I would be bored with it after awhile and be completely irritated that I was stuck with it for life. I wouldn’t mind a temporary tattoo. If I really like a picture or a piece of art, I will frame it and hang it on a wall. For me a tattoo is like a bumper sticker on a brand new car… less is better. I have seen a couple of tattoos that I do appreciate. One was a stamp of a newborn baby’s foot on the back of the calf of the parent. I also appreciate a small reminder tattoo in the memory of someone who has passed. For me, those are the only ones I would consider. I like fashion and trends just as much as the next person; maybe more. But I can only ride the train for a little while and then I want off. I don’t want any fashion or social trend to follow me throughout my life. I will stick with trendy clothing and trendy jewelry… something that I can choose on a daily basis to follow. It’s just me. I told you I am odd. I don’t follow the mainstream. I remind myself that just because someone gets tattoos or piercings that I wouldn’t just means that they did it for there OWN reasons. We all have different reasons for approaching life as we do. Even though I don’t participate in something doesn’t mean that I don’t believe that others don’t have a right to do so. I respect that. I am just pointing out that just because someone doesn’t follow the current social norms doesn’t mean that they are weird. It just means that we are all individuals and different in our own right.

Do you have any odd human behaviors? I would love to hear them.