The selfie stick is an insanely popular gadget, yet the very thought of it makes many people cringe. It’s often a subject of mockery and bans, although some artists have used it in their work creatively. Well, if you hate the darn stick that shows in the photos, the latest gadget from the selfie stick inventor might be the solution.
The selfie has been a subject of many studies, and it’s often connected with a negative outcome. A recent paper shows another disturbing trend: people don’t like how they look in selfies, which makes them turn to plastic surgery.
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (AAFPRS) has revealed in a recent poll the increasing trend of having nose jobs for the sake of better selfies. In 2017, plastic surgeons reported that 55% of their patients wanted surgeries to help them look better in selfies. For comparison, the number of such patients was 13% in 2016.
People’s need to document everything with a selfie is so common that we’ve gotten used to it. But, sometimes it still manages to be surprising, bizarre and inappropriate. Graduate dental school students and a University of Connecticut orthodontics professor recently took a selfie just like this. It shows them with two severed heads used for medical research at Yale University.
A few years ago, there was a story saying that taking too many selfies means you have a mental disorder named “selfitis”. It turned out to be a hoax, but now it’s actually confirmed – obsessive selfie-taking is a mental disorder and an addictive behavior. The fake news inspired psychologist to actually research the phenomenon, and they came to some interesting conclusions related to excessive selfie-taking.
A recent National Geographic’s investigation has revealed a disturbing fact: in the Amazon, the locals keep wild animals in captivity to lure the tourists to take selfies with them. This makes the animals suffer, it’s harmful and even deadly for them. So, Instagram has decided to educate their users about this dangerous trend. Their new alert system detects the hashtags related to this kind of selfies. Certain hashtags trigger a notification which shows the users that their “cute animal selfies” aren’t cute at all.
Facebook has relatively recently introduced the so-called “reactions” to posts. But soon, instead of clicking on the heart or a laughing emoji, you will be able to “react” with your profile photo. The researchers at Tel Aviv University and Facebook have come up with a method to bring your selfies to life. All they need to do it is a single photo, and the resulting animation is pretty impressive. It seems like your photo is actually a short video, and it’s incredibly accurate considering that they only use one 2D image for the animation.
Whether you’re into Instagram or not, there’s no doubt it has become a powerful tool for photographers to showcase their work and even book sessions. Growing an audience is a tedious job (if you don’t want to use bots). But, the results of a recent study may help you grow the audience faster.
The researchers of Georgia Institute of Technology and Yahoo Labs recently looked at 1.1 million Instagram photos. They came to some interesting and potentially useful conclusions that could help photographers gain more likes and comments from their followers, and get people more engaged.
It’s been over 2 months now since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London, causing the deaths of at least 80 people. Shortly afterwards, to the dismay of local residents, it became something of a tourist attraction. Attracting selfie shooters from afar. Visitors were then asked to refrain from this disrespectful practise.
This weekend is the Notting Hill Carnival, one of the highlights of London’s annual calendar. It attracts around one million people each year, making it one of the world’s largest street festivals. The carnival runs through Kensington, and visitors are again being asked not to shoot selfies with the tower. Only this time, the requests are being backed up by the Metropolitan Police.
It’s not that rare that people destroy or damage something because they’re too submerged in taking a selfie. The latest case took place in the group exhibition by artist Simon Birch, at 14th Factory in Los Angeles.
A woman crouched down in front of one of the pedestals trying to take a selfie. She knocked it over, and it caused a domino effect that’s painful to watch. All the pedestals in the row fell down, and some of the art pieces got broken. $200,000 worth of art pieces.
The selfie seems to be an unstoppable force now. Wherever we go, either we need to take one, or we see others taking them. Over the weekend I went to visit some friends and we took a wander through a local park. It felt like every other person we saw had their phone out shooting selfies in the glorious weather. But there’s a time and a place for it.
There are also times and places where it’s definitely not appropriate. The site of the burnt out Grenfell Tower is one of them. Inappropriate or “Disaster Selfies” seem to have become something of a trend in the last couple of years. It’s been happening so much at Grenfell, that local residents are actually putting up signs asking people not to shoot selfies.