The Selfie Picture Will Change The World

The Selfie Picture Will Change the World

by Adam Goodwin | 2014 | Last Updated: January 26, 2014

A Selfie

The word ‘selfie’ has been named the word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary.


This made me think about selfies. Superficially, selfies appear to represent one’s self-centred orientation to the world, a focus on looks and appearances, and a quick way for indivdiuals to get short-term attention.  Some argue that trends related to today’s social networking, such as selfies, is only the start of a negative social society.  One focused so much on ‘me’, one has to ask, what will friendships look like in the future.

A Difference Perspective

Looking at selfies from another perspective, suggests a deeper movement. Will selfies be a tipping point? Is a selfie symbolic of how each person is equally important to humanity? That each individual human being is vital to our ecosystems and communities? Each person must be promoted, loved, put in the spotlight, and celebrated?

There are millions of selfies taken each day, and transmitted to friends, family, and others.  If this many individuals believe they are this important, then I believe this suggests, deep down in the societal values of various political and social communities, each indivdiual is just as important as another in getting attention, having access to some form of technology, and being able to communicate with others.

A Call To Action

What do you think about ‘selfies?’  Are selfies of a symbol of the value each individual provides to the world?

Further Reading

Based on reading this blog post, you may be interested in: Procrastination, Bad You (click here).


These are one person’s thoughts and opinions.  I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.

Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog.

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