The Era’s Vogue and its Power
By Angelica Kim Estopia
Internet spreads like a wildfire, so fast; its fleetness becomes as even as speed of light. Digital trends become famous to everybody-gray-haired, mothers, teachers, wrinkled and juvenile and juvenile at heart- distinguish this virtual superhighway as a diurnal necessity for living. I think the internet is interminably notorious to all because it may possibly be the only instrument of everybody no matter what circumstances their lives revolve to in achieving liberty, and liberty means (for them) to be able to boldly express themselves in a no-boundary zone, especially in words and in actions. Adolescents cover up a large portion of the population, and, with technology’s generous contribution, we each outline our own definition of what they call “free” through many forms, and one of these is by simply taking a picture of yourself, called the “Selfie”. How could this be called an instrument of emancipative self-expression? The uncertainty of many comes to a question, does the “Selfie” crusade pose a negative effect to society or a positive one?
Today, teenagers and minors are famous in their own ways through the internet. For instance, in order to become popular in a certain site, particularly Facebook and Instagram, you must post a photo of the prettiest or cutest face (depends on how you describe your picture) you could ever form and seconds later, it must also get the highest number of likes. Individuals, predominantly adults (parents, grandparents, experts and whatnot) who have kids experiencing pubescence often question this incessant obsession of taking pictures of oneself whether a serious addiction or a constructive step to enhance one’s self-esteem. Believe me; I myself have experienced undergoing this issue at home, even if I’m not a big fan of taking photos of myself that much. I remember one time when my mother asked me why “Selfie” is done so much by teens and grown-ups alike these days, and I just said, ‘’I dunno. Why don’t you try doing it?” And she did; now she can’t stop, and I asked her why she was doing it herself. She’s doing it because it makes her feel wholesome. To be purely honest, they are both characteristics of the selfie. Considering the fact that it is officially ubiquitous and is still done by many, it may be termed as a great help not just to the youth but also to adults to feel better about themselves by just flashing the camera. The sense of motivation people get after getting many likes of a newly posted selfie improves the individual’s feel of self-worth. It evidently creates an encouraging evaluation to a person’s psychological and emotional being-if favorably received- especially when it comes to the youth, for this stage is the most influential phase of life and this is indeed the most critical time the interior condition of a human being develops through the response they receive around them. Now that social media and selfie work together and are both widespread, the developing of young people nowadays is exceedingly induced to various levels of “self-esteem” due to their great usage of such computer-generated paraphernalia, where they trust their own measurements of their character and quite probably their whole self to a great extent.
We could also never deny or set aside the fact that these virtual inventions possess tenacious impacts to society. Negative interpretation of the populace to a certain individual’s action-such as the aforementioned selfie-prominently affects the whole person’s character and position of his or her feelings of his/herself. Everyone has been bashed by what they do and they post in the internet, we can’t keep turning a blind eye to that fastened truth in the social media. A diminutive feat of taking a picture of yourself is a starting grid to both positive and negative forces you yourself will be responsible to weight. YOU decide if you let it affect you or not. Even so, it would be utter hypocrisy if the ones criticized would turn around and criticize others also. I think the only solution we all can give ourselves if we get offbeat rejoinders from others when we post our self-appointed selfies and a whole lot of other things in the web are to first analyze why we let them judge our actions, actions we think what make us better people, even by just in virtual reality.
It depends on the person on how he or she receives the comments of others when doing something, not just the selfie. Self-esteem is a vital factor in an individual’s whole being. It has its own vicious impact to one’s life, and nowadays technology has invented cyber-tentacles that reach to the nitty-gritty sides of reality, even to the most inner self of the person, when he or she enters this man-made world. Within the social media, our actions are gauged by everyone based on what they see on those, but it’s also up on us on how much significance we’ll put on them, both the bad and the good things. So, keep on doing selfies! Keep on doing it IF and only IF it makes you feel good about yourself, because this life is too short and numbered to feel depressed because of others. But don’t make it a bad habit that will drown you to a world of ridicule. Keep on loving yourself, because that’s what life is about.