A selfie, as defined by the Oxford Online Dictionary, is: noun (plural selfies) a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website: occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary.
This raises the question, what exactly is and isn’t an acceptable selfie? The general reason people dislike selfies is because they are just a way for people to beg for attention. But surely there are some occasions where seeking attention is appropriate and a selfie must be taken. But how do you know your selfie will get the positive response you are looking for? It seems people always get more props for a humourous selfie than a pretty one, and creativity always counts. I have compiled a guide to help you navigate the tricky world of online selfies.
I heard that when you’re a bride you get to do whatever you want on your wedding day. So go ahead, have your bff wait on you hand and foot, make the flower girl cry and post a selfie to commemorate your special day.
Everyone gets it. You found your soul mate. You’re incredibly happy. You updated your Facebook status before the end of the reception. You are in love and on your honeymoon… so please, go enjoy it! There’s no need to bury your face in your phone so you can post a selfie of you arriving to your hotel from the airport. Look at each other instead and save the facebook and instagram updates for when you’re back in your home country and tweeting about how much you miss paradise.
Ah, the miracle of life! Of course you want to show off how far your baby belly has come along, so go ahead and post those pregnancy photos. You’ll only get an excuse to be this fat maybe a couple of times in your life, so you might as well flaunt it!
Please, spare me. I don’t need to see how badly a baby morphs your body until I have one of my own. I can’t handle it. Save the bare belly photos for only those who ask to see them.
If you happen to glance over and notice your reflection in a window, a bubble or a couple of spoons – snap it! Share it! Amaze people!
For your grandmother’s sake. Stop. This isn’t what people want to see when they look at you. Leave your bathroom sink, your grandma and your bra out of your selfies.
If you see something cool happening then don’t miss out on this perfect oppourtunity to pose in front of it for a picture! What a legitimate reason for taking a picture of yourself. It has a dual purpose. To show something neat you witnessed and to prove that you were actually there. Next time you see a window washer creeping on you as you get ready in the morning, be sure to turn the forward-facing camera on, say cheese and aim!
No explanation needed, I hope.
Hey, climbing a mountain or losing a whole person worth of weight is something to be way proud of. Document your successes!
She’s not going to be happy.
They’ll appreciate it, and so will your family and prospective employers.
I like to laugh, so go ahead and do something silly.
Because really, how many times are you going to meet the pope?
Because she’s going to think it’s funny and put it on the internet without telling you.
I hope this guide will help you any time you’re pondering if you are taking an acceptable selfie.