Are selfies a problem? I reckon they get a bad rap most of the time. What are your thoughts?
Pros: 1. You don't have to deal with an awkward “hi would you mind taking a photo of us?" whilst holding your camera out and pointing at yourself because you're not sure if they speak your language. You also avoid having to stand for too long with what inevitably becomes a forced smile, because the person you have asked to take the shot is under pressure so takes a few. You hope you have asked the right person, because if they give your camera back and it isn't good, you have to feign interest in something until they have left and you can ask someone else.
2. You know exactly what's in shot and how your face looks, you will often feel more comfortable pulling stupid faces or laughing if you are sharing your selfie with someone else.
3. They are quicker - a big belief of mine is that when you go to amazing places, you should take time to actually look at them, not just through your phone, but catching a quick shot of you in a place is never a bad thing.
Cons: 1. You might not get as much background scenery in, although you can often take "wide selfies" now.
2. Sometimes you can look a little bit silly taking them, but then that all depends on how much you care about other people's opinion.
Which I guess leads me on to the con we all knew was coming....3.They are certainly causing an issue in the world of mental health. People's self-esteem is literally affected (chemical reactions take place in the brain) by how many likes we get on our photos. It is thought that if you take more than three selfies a day (not including if you are travelling around) then you more than likely already have a self-esteem issue. Andy and I have often sat in popular tourist spots watching people take 5,10,20 selfies, rearranging their hair or their pout each time. As entertaining as it is, it's also a bit sad I guess. We always comment on the fact that that is just how they look, and no number of selfies is going to change that, unfortunately people are up against an impossible task when bombarded with countless airbrushed and photoshopped selfies every single day.