Dr Jan was recently featured on the Channel 9 Mornings Televison Show on this interesting topic.
Make sure you check out the disrespectful selfies in the link at the end!
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Q: WHY ARE SELFIES SO POPULAR?
Dr Jan says:
People like being “in fashion” with technology. They also don’t like missing out – FOMO sufferers are people who have “Fear Of Missing Out”.
The Selfie is the ultimate way to shout out for a “look at me” and what I am doing.
Even shy people like to keep up with the “Jones”.
The extroverts are seeking attention and showing off and the Selfie is the perfect outlet for them.
Like a narcissist, It does suggest the selfie addict is more self-interested than interested in others.
It’s also suggestive of a sense of entitlement which says “I come first, I am the priority ahead of anyone else”.
WHAT’S BEHIND THE TREND OF TAKING PHOTOS DOING EVER-MORE DANGEROUS THINGS TO GET ATTENTION – SUCH AS SITTING ON THE EDGE OF BOULDERS, LEANING OFF BUILDINGS, ETC?
There is a rush of adrenalin in doing dangerous things which is exciting.
I fear they kid themselves that if they get injured or die, they will have left a selfie legacy of their “courage” in taking such an extreme risk.
IS THE PAYOFF – LIKES, ATTENTION – ADDICTIVE?
Oh yes- there is a surge of feel-good hormones for them when they get noticed – and like any addiction, that reinforces the selfie compulsion to do it again.
WHY ARE WE CROWD SOURCING VALIDATION FROM PEERS AT A DISTANCE?
Because we can! The technology empowers us to reach worldwide if it goes viral.
It can even be a competition. This really boosts the ego and rewards the one who gets the most attention.
WHY HAVE OUR KIDS CHOSEN THE VALIDATION OF STRANGERS AS A MODE OF CULTURAL ACCEPTANCE?
Once again, it’s because everyone has equal technology, instantly self-activated so there is a sense of “we” as well as “me”.
IS THIS A CULTURAL MOVEMENT? WE USED TO JOIN GROUPS TO FEEL PART OF SOMETHING, IS THIS THE SAME THING ONLY DIGITAL?
More a case of FOMO and selfishness and cocky attitude –”I am just like everyone else …only better!”
We who don’t care to promote our selfies don’t like it – it smacks of self-promotion and self-absorption.
We Australians dislike this –it’s Tall Poppy mentality.
Q: IS THE GOAL TO CAPTURE THE MOST OFFENSIVE IMAGE OR IS IT TO CONVEY A SUPERIOR SENSE OF HUMOUR?
Dr Jan says:
My goodness – my first thought is that these people have never learned to respect history or place!
I think it is to promote a sense of superiority with NO humour – just showing off and trying to be “the feature act” by diminishing the real value of the monument.Some of them might just be naïve but others are just fools.