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The Ugly Selfie

Let’s face it. Our trademark is social media. Every generation has its own label and its own personalized franchise. The 60’s hippies, 70’s disco, 80’s love, 90’s grunge; this generation’s is social media. From the humble beginnings of Facebook, Skype, and Twitter to the evolution of Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest. But is this truly something we want to be remembered by? The selfies, the duck faces, the endless emojis and every new filter. Even though we think we’ve distanced ourselves from our animal origins, we keep trying to look like a dog or panda or cat or whatever new animal Snapchat brings with the new dawn. I mean look at us: crazily obsessing over the number of likes and followers, that they’ve created an app for it! The truth is social media is stupid. Yes, I know it helps connect people, unite cultures and promote globalization, but on an individual level it had made us more dumb, more vain and more lazy. Let’s look at the top Instagram accounts: Nicki Minaj, Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian. Are these truly the influential figures we want representing our generation? The problem is, whether we realize it or not, we’ve begun imitating them. We dress like them, smile like them, talk like them. Here’s something else to think about, why did you get Instagram or Snapchat or HouseParty? Because all your friends did. None of us understand why we have six apps that serve the exact same purpose. WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat are all becoming one and the same and yet we still have this urge to hear and feel the hundreds of notifications vibrating through our phones. We’re controlled by this notion of more notifications, likes, followers, and groups. If the whole point of social media is to connect you with others then why are we friends with people we don’t even like? Here’s the ugly selfie: social media has become a narcissistic ritual in our generation. Before you judge my claim against social media, ask yourself what has social media done for you?

By: Talia Riad