I used to be a selfie person. I’m not anymore but I’m still fascinated by them. Selfies are on every social media platform so I can’t escape them even if I wanted to. Social media is mostly image-based and force people to take (and share) a close look at themselves.
We can all agree that the selfie culture has been mainstream for a while now. We’ve had a TV show named after the term, the word itself has been added to the Oxford online dictionary, and everyone from celebrities to even Obama has been spotted in one. I guess I’m not that surprised about how popular it has gotten. Everyone is on social media and if you look on Instagram alone, a search for “selfie” results in nearly 260 million images. The majority of these images come from teens, 91% to be exact. In fact, 30% of all photos being taken by people between the ages of 18-24 are selfies.
I’ve always wondered why we as a society do it. I guess in this image-driven world there is this extreme pressure to put your best face forward. I can understand that because in the real world, most people strive to look their best before leaving the house. I sure do.
However, millions and millions of people are on social media so there are more eyes on you. A quick and simple selfie can generate tons of “love it” or “hate it” responses. The selfie is not all bad though, it can also be a fun way to document, share, and remember events or a passing moment. I just wish we could see more of this in our social media culture. Unfortunately, with the prevalence of selfies coupled with the dominance of social media, we’ve started to place more importance on our appearance. Studies show that selfies lead to decreased intimacy and more shallow relationships. They’ve even given rise to the “selfie” surgery.
How scary is that? One way we can challenge this #Selfie epidemic is to join in on #TheUsProject movement with Soffe.
Here’s an Instagram photo of me and my mom. I’m the woman that I am today because of her. I’ve always admired my mom’s strength and she raised me to be a confident person so I always feel beautiful and maintain a positive self image thanks to her.
By participating in the #TheUsProject movement, you’ll have the chance to win one of these cool Soffe T-shirts.
How to enter:
- To join in, take a group Instagram photo of yourself and the people around you who give you strength.
- Tag me (@hotbeautyhealth) in the caption
- Use the hashtag #TheUsProject
- Select winners of the contest will receive #TheUsProject apparel
The contest ends 4/25/15 at 11:59PM ET.
Be sure to head to the Soffe website to learn more about the #TheUsProject movement.