Social media is basically social comparison on steroids.” … It’s easy to fall into the comparison trap online. “What you don’t see are the same things you don’t post about yourself: fights with loved ones, family drama, insecurities, problems at work.
I really have to write a longer blog post about how this relates to our work at SelfieIM.
When you look beyond the celebrity pics, Tumblr blogs and other media spotlights on the silliness of selfies, what we’ve found was that selfies in the modern age - let’s call them self-portraits - are incredibly empowering. The fact that we have a camera in our pockets, and more importantly, the fact that we control how we are perceived by others because we are the ones taking the photos — well, it’s huge.
So instead of broadcasting the best vacation shots or the most hyped up parties to justify some alternate versions of ourselves, we’re seeing these little gems of humanity throughout the course of the day - moments that aren’t documented anywhere else: getting haircuts, brushing teeth, running late, eating alone, drinking coffee, falling asleep.. but instead of being invasive, these moments are freely given by people who are ok with themselves, who are judging themselves way before any likes or retweets or reblogs judge them. Who needs those comparisons when we’ve already judged and found ourselves worthy?