Selfie Culture Promotes “On Fleek” Confidence


M. Rogers

Mirador editors show off their on point eyebrows in a successful selfie. (from bottom to top: seniors Meghan Rogers, Margaret Ross, and Ellie Poling)

Meghan Rogers, Opinion Editor

Over the past few years, articles and blogs have been attempting to out the new generation’s selfie culture as narcissistic. Criticisms of selfie takers not living in the moment and being more focused on how they are viewed by others, frequently accompany selfie takers. Although this comment does warrant some merit, selfie culture does have its benefits that largely go unnoticed.

The social media obsession of constantly uploading pictures of oneself, taken by oneself, has been coined as a selfie. Approximately 1.8 billion photos are uploaded to social media every day, millions of which are selfies. Often times a comment such as “eyebrows on point” follows an upload under a selfie. This shift in self-confidence from sheepishly uploading a picture with a degrading caption to feeling good about oneself and showing it to the world is something that should be praised.

It isn’t so different from the Renaissance painters painting a self-portrait. Not to mention that selfies have been used in philanthropic campaigns. Rodan & Fields, the creators of Proactiv, had their customers sent in selfies without makeup on last summer. For every selfie taken, they donated $1 to BuildOn to go towards building schools for children in need. The campaign only lasted one day, but it raised over $30,000.

Selfies can be annoying, but take a second to appreciate that someone felt confident enough that day to have it appear on your Instagram feed.