After iPhone XS was announced, some users noticed that its front camera beautifies selfies by default. The coin “BeautyGate” for this was soon coined to refer to this bug, but former Apple designer Sebastiaan de With explained that it’s a consequence of noise reduction. However, Apple has now admitted: the so-called “BeautyGate” is real, and it’s indeed a camera bug.
YouTuber Jonathan Morrison caused some stir on Instagram and Twitter on Saturday and trolled both Apple and Android users with a single photo. He posted a selfie with a caption: “Pixel 2 Portrait mode 👀 rocking the smalls hat 👀 thoughts?” Android fans rushed to praise the image quality and of course, to bash the iPhone. But a day later, Jonathan revealed the truth: the photo was actually taken with an iPhone XS.
It’s sad but true that nowadays it’s hard to imagine our social media feeds without selfies. And what’s even sadder is that people get killed while trying to capture the most like-worthy snapshot of themselves.
The selfie as a phenomenon has already been a topic of studies, and a recently published one explores the issue of fatal selfies. A team of researchers has published the results, exploring the numbers of selfie-related deaths, as well as the main reasons behind these tragedies.
We have heard of many accidents that occurred because of a selfie. Sadly, another one happened on Wednesday when an Israeli hiker was found dead in Yosemite National Park. Reportedly, the young man fell to his death while trying to take a photo of himself.
People do all sorts of stupid things when they are taking selfies with animals, we’ve seen it before. Young photographer Juan van den Heever wanted to take a photo with a biting pelican. It wasn’t enough that the bird was biting his camera and selfie stick, but he eventually stuck his head into the pelican’s beak, of course, to take a selfie.
What’s the best way to ensure that you’ll get the perfect selfie at a famous landmark? Well, smack whoever tries to take that ideal spot you picked! Of course, I’m not being serious here, but two women at Trevi Fountain in Rome actually got into a fight over a selfie. And what’s more, even their families got involved and the police had to intervene.
A recent study has shown that a majority of plastic surgery patients wants to look better in selfies. But it’s not celebrities that serve as models any longer. Nowadays, people want to look like their own Snapchat selfies. Doctors have noticed this trend, and it has been discussed in an article recently published on JAMA Network.
Bogle family opened up their family sunflower farm to photographers on 20 July 2018. However, the mild boost to Bogle Seeds farm soon turned into “zombie apocalypse,” as the farm owner describes it. A few photos from the farm got viral on Instagram, which caused hordes of selfie-takers to invade the farm and cause lots of trouble for the owners.
The selfie is definitely one of the most prominent cultural phenomena of the 21st century. It’s been a topic of many psychological researchers, and some even categorized it as a mental disorder. In this thought-provoking video, The New Yorker discusses what stands behind selfies, and why millennials are especially drawn to the selfie culture.