Selfies – narcissism or a sign of healthy self-esteem?

By Kiana Norman-Slack

This morning I was scrolling through Facebook half asleep, and something caught my eye. It was a three minute video clip of a reporter talking about selfies, and discussing if it is considered an “act of narcissism.”
She began the video talking about Kim Kardashian and how she apparently released a book with over 300 pictures of herself. Next, she talked about how other reporters and scholars think that taking constant pictures of yourself could be self-centered and narcissistic. She then went into the history of selfies and blah blah blah no one cares about that stuff.
First off, the word “selfie” just makes me shiver; It was recently added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary as an official word and that alone makes me question society. As for taking selfies and posting them wherever you see fit, why is it such an issue?
Let’s think about this. The reporter in the video said something about how taking constant selfies could be a sign of low self-esteem. It very well could be, but couldn’t it also mean that you feel good about yourself, and you feel so good that you want to document it? I mean, no one takes a picture of themselves freshly rolled out of bed (unless you’re Beyonce. In that case, you can totally get away with that.) If my outfit is great, or I just got my hair done, or my make up is fantastic, I am going to document it. Does that mean I have low self-esteem? Nope. It’s a crime to keep this pretty to myself. That’s called feeling empowered. 
The point I’m trying to get across here is that, no matter how many pictures you post, it doesn’t make you narcissistic. Don’t look down on me because I want to document my pretty.”


Categories: Opinion, Other, Recreation, Student Life, students

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