Adequate Use of Selfies: Here, there, anywhere, anytime? (IIT-1)

Dear all in IIT,

Selfies is the topic chosen for our opening discussion. Think about their purposes and how important they are in your everyday lives. Can you think of any examples of miscommunication or politeness strategies when dealing with selfies? Some questions for you to discuss could be:

What are your views about selfies? What is the purpose of a selfie? Can they be useful or a dangerous practice today? How often do you participate in a selfie/group photo? Why are selfies so popular in our communities? Do you share your selfies with your friends or do you post them on social networks? What is the next step regarding social interactions and technology applications?

Please, express your opinions in a constructive way. And if you have any media or references that support your arguments, you are welcome to link them here. Best wishes!

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10 Responses to Adequate Use of Selfies: Here, there, anywhere, anytime? (IIT-1)

  1. Anti-selfies says:

    In my opinion, selfies have become an obsession in our society. When people go out with friends usually take one or more selfies, mainly to share them in social networks and show other people that they are having fun. I believe this practice could have a direct relation with the need for approval created by social networks, where many people upload their photos with the only purpose of obtaining “likes” and feeling the support of the rest of the people.

  2. Spartacus says:

    What I think about selfies is that they are a fleeting fad. Sometimes it can even be annoying to other people who are nearby. The purpose of a selfie in most of cases is to show what people do in their daily life. With all of this, it is shown a need to attract the attention of other people, since after a selfie, the next step is a publication on social networks. In many cases, this is seen as a lack of self esteem or personality. The more people like what they are doing, the more they feel confident.

  3. wakaso says:

    I agree with Anti-Selfies about the idea that selfies are an obsession in most cases nowadays. For example, only in Facebook 240 millions of selfies have been published in 2015 because of different reasons such as: amusement, achievements and sharing moments. I never take selfies to myself but I participate in them when my friends want to take one. They are the ones who post the photos in social networks. From my point of view the next step is installing cameras in pubs and clubs to record in real time the parties. This way when you have to leave the party you can still watch what is happening at home.

  4. Selfi(sh) says:

    Selfies are a significant problem nowadays. Maybe one of the many reasons why the selfie is so trendy is because it provides the control to shape and manipulate who we are in the way that we desire, just in order to be accepted by others. Another negative aspect is that people can’t simply enjoy the moment they are living, but they feel that it is more important to share what are they doing at any moment and any time. In my opinion, the digital era and social media keeps us “together” in many wonderful ways, but ironically, it also isolates us.

  5. Bazinga!!! says:

    I agree with some of the ideas stated in the comments above, but I think we are mainly focusing on the negative aspects of selfies. It’s true that they allow the control and manipulation of what other people see about yourself and, in some cases, people can’t seem to stop taking selfies everywhere, specially on public spaces, which both amuses and annoys me, but I don’t think selfies are bad “per se”. We all come from the generation of Messenger and Tuenti, and we did a lot of stupid nonsense in those days. We even started taking selfies to put as profile pictures before they were called selfies!
    I personally think that taking a couple of selfies doesn’t harm anyone, because it allows us to capture and remember moments in our lives with friends or relatives, or just by ourselves in a place that’s left a mark. Like almost everything, if abused it can be a nuisance or become a stupid trend, but if it’s done with moderation, it can be a positive thing for us all.

  6. Nigga says:

    The era in which we are immersed has led to a radical change in our lives at all levels, from the way we communicate to the way we conduct our work or daily tasks. All this change has been developed around the technological advances that have reformulated the concept of privacy or have coined concepts such as “selfie” “hashtag” or “trending topic”. With this in mind, it is easy to be swayed by fads and turning simple things, like a photo, into a social plague with as many detractors as fans, leading into a social struggle for “controlling” social networks.
    From my point of view, “selfie” is an invented and promoted word to convert something ordinary into a must to be updated and visible in social networks. This also is an action carried out compulsively by people with low self-esteem or a huge need of attention and acceptance but is also shared by people who make a sporadic and fairly fair use with no other intention than capture a memory.
    In the future, we must re-educate society to the new paradigm of privacy that will prevail thanks to technology, trying to use recommendations instead of prohibitions and best practices for the use of technology and social networks preventing the social degradation derived from the misuse of technology.

  7. duckface says:

    As some of my partners said before, nowadays selfies have really become an unpleasant habit in our society. That reminds me a funny story I read some time ago, in which a medical resident was immediately suspended from work because it was found he had uploaded a selfie with a dead person. That anecdote made me ask myself a few questions like… where are technology and social networks taking us? What kind of madness is this?
    However, after thinking a while I concluded that selfies are but another way to save life experiences, and like almost everything it can be used wrongly. So, I believe that you are free to take as many selfies as you like, but please, you have to be aware there are people who do not want to show up in your photos, and you have to respect their privacy (even if they are dead!).

  8. Fried Chicken says:

    In my opinión there are many questions without response about selfies, taking into account it is a relatively new phenomenon in our society. Is a selfie positive or negative? Even though some psychologists argue that the aim of these photographs is to strengthen the owner identity, I raise me a question… Do selfies disclose who you are or rather who you seem? And this is an important nuance, because with selfies the user has the last control about his image. He is who will decide whether to public it or not. Robert Arkin (State University of Ohio) says the selfie is a way to control the image the others have of ourselves. “We put before their eyes an image with an intention and purpose”. But why? According to Mariano Choliz (University of Valencia), selfies emerge from the desire of emulation “Celebrities began to do it as a strategy for their own advertisement. From this, the rest of users has also joined up to the practice”. Enrique San Juan (Community Internet Director) thinks the added value of ‘autophoto’ with our mobile phone, is that for first time you can manage the information and the own content, apart from distributing it. “Now users suddenly discover they also can do it thanks to the selfie. They can appear in the media. Their media. They are famous, in their social circle. Finally, they see them posted on… ”, explains the expert. It is sad, but certain. We want to be who we are not.

  9. Father Baez says:

    Before they have been called selfies, this way to take a photo has been something ordinary which was need when there was not other person to take it. I usually participate in them and I think that is a good idea to remember the good times on a vacation, for example. However, selfies have made people prefer to share what they are doing instead of enjoying the moment they are living. I believe that in most cases, people seek to be a interesting person or an example to be pursued obtaining “likes”.

  10. fishSoup says:

    Selfie itself is not a problem. Of course, pictures are better when they’re well cropped out and when there’s no stick visible, but for example if you travel alone, and you reach an awesome place, you would like to take a shot of you standing there. I don’t mind it, it’s a matter of taste. But what I consider as a problem, is amount of selfies that flood Facebook and other social networks every day. I really don’t see a point in pictures taken in elevators, staircases, or in the mirror. I think that media made our lives strongly addicted to other’s opinions (amount of “Likes” on FB) and to “spying” on other’s lifes. People have always been curious about others’ lifes (gossips in villages), but know social media makes the flow of information much easier. Mecanism is simple – if I am curious about others’ lifes, they’re curious about mine. I’ll take a selfie in a tracksuit signed “before jogging” – they’ll give me “likes” – I’ll feel appreciated, popular, satisfied. But is it a real satisfaction and feeling of relationship with people? We should ask zealous selfie-makers.

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