Thursday, January 1, 2015
OUR VIEW: A Rant About Selfies
We start 2015 with an observation.
The Dorchester Times staff has been using social media for about five months now -- long enough to know what all the buzz is about.
We admit we were missing a valuable method of connecting with new readers. But there are a few things we weren't missing -- primarily the so-called "selfies."
We've been a little surprised by how often (daily, in some cases) that a few people like sharing images of their own faces.
Now if you're under 21, we cut you some slack. Let's face it: in our teenage years, it's difficult to ever get too much mirror time. Even before the era of the smart phone, teens had been snapping photos of themselves. (See this famous selfie from the 1950s!)
But we note a British newspaper article reporting on scientists who say the growing trend of taking smartphone selfies is linked to mental health conditions that focus on a person's obsession with looks.
According to psychiatrist Dr David Veal: "Two out of three of all the patients who come to see me with Body Dysmorphic Disorder since the rise of camera phones have a compulsion to repeatedly take selfies."
The article goes on to tell the tale of one British teen who spent ten hours a day taking up to 200 snaps of himself on his iPhone. Part of his treatment at a psychiatric clinic included taking away his iPhone for intervals of 10 minutes, which increased to 30 minutes and then an hour.
Maybe that's being too harsh on those who frequently take and share their selfies.
Maybe it's evolution. Maybe it's an intelligent way to capture the daily (or hourly) aging process.
Or maybe it's time the Dorchester Times staff and editor take our own selfies and share them with the Facebook universe.
You know what? We are going to do just that. After all, we think of ourselves as incredibly beautiful people. Why not impose our mugs?
Those of you who follow us on Facebook, you will want to be watching for our selfies to be posted sometime today.
People will notice us. People will be talking. Yes, we are just that beautiful.