Ways of expression have changed dramatically compared with past times, when people used to communicate their feelings through spoken or written language. Words are dead, leaving room for images that don’t need such sophistication. Whenever you feel like expressing your emotions, your face is enough to reveal everything that happens behind it. So, a selfie does it almost all the times. Whether it does it truthfully or it just fulfills your narcissistic drive, it’s another story.
New statistics reveal that brits are absolutely obsessed with selfies. An estimated 1.2 billion selfies were taken in the UK in 2014, according to a new report coming from Ofcom.
It comes as no surprise, but the report also reveals that smartphones have taken over laptops and are nowadays the most popular way of getting online, with two thirds of people using one and using it for an average of almost two hours a day. Moreover, most internet users stated that their smartphone is the most important device for surfing the high tides of the virtual world. 33% of brits predominantly use their smartphone for internet purposes, while 30% of the ones surveyed would rather relate to their good old laptops.
Back to the selfie phenomena, we can put it on the back of the new smartphone rise. All these complex devices have extremely performant cameras. This does no less than fuel the selfie craze. Put that in the mix with social networks, need for attention, narcissism and there you go with a selfie that will propel you the Facebook wall of selfie fame.
31% of brits stated that they had taken a pic of themselves in the past years and 1 in 10 adults take at least one selfie per week, in case all the list of acquaintances simply forgets about our precious, moody, thrilling, extraordinary, posing, personas in front of the selfie stick.
Selfies are maybe the most important shift in pop culture, as they mark the emergence of a new popular current, namely one which speaks tons about exposure and about how much the image sells, even if there is no substance whatsoever behind it. As long as it is pretty, everything sells and everything is offered likes, comments and shares. We are building a world which feeds our egos, leaving the hearts and minds emptied of meaning. UK obsessed with selfies is not as much worth the news, but rather a reality check about the importance of substance. Or lack of it.
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