Selfies Matter Essay

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Why Selfies Matter
Alexandra Sifferlin
Selfies are becoming a massive trend in social media and Sifferlin (2013) provides an in-depth analysis of the ever-increasing vogue. Selfies are primarily trade-marked as a narcissistic practice and is merely an extension of self-absorption. Although some researchers beg to differ and defines selfies as a mean of self-exploration. Dr. Letamendi (as cited in Sifferlin, 2013), said that selfies allow people to convey messages and depict emotions. Sifferlin also brought the idea of over-analyzing the whole thing by citing Dr. Rutledge. Dr. Rutledge argues that selfies existed from a long time but is becoming more prevalent because of the ...view middle of the document...

Moreover they get feedback by participating in the mass social media. For instance, if you are not sure how you look in a certain outfit, you can take a selfie and upload it to social media. If you get positive feedback from your friends, then you can decide to continue wearing that outfit.
I disagree with the idea that selfies can be a window into deeper adolescent issues. People, when taking selfies, try to look their best, they smile which consequently hides all visibilities that would prove their mental state otherwise. Although one may bring the idea of micro-expressions which cannot be controlled. But picking up micro-expressions require much more sophisticated technology which mobile cameras or even digital cameras fail to provide. For example, a teenager has been crying all night because of some issue. Next morning she wakes up, puts on make up and takes a selfies with big smile on her face. She wants to look good in that picture. Therapists, if they analyze that picture they would get the wrong idea that she is perfectly fine. Thus selfies are not a way into deeper adolescent issues.
In the article, there are signs of much use of ethos. The writer referred to renowned people and journals. For example, she referred to Dr. Pamela Rutledge quite a couple of times, who is the director of Media Psychology Research Center. She also referred to Dr. Andrea Letamendi, a clinical psychologist and research fellow at UCLA. The renowned journal the writer referred to is the ‘Journal of Adolescent...

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