The selfie trend is taking the world by storm. An action of taking one’s picture in one, two, maybe 20 poses, is becoming the norm among teens, parents, and even the elderly.

 

The action has become so mainstream that apps, such as Snapchat and Instagram, are being devoured by “selfie lovers” and gaining millions of downloads in app stores. There is even a song, “#Selfie” by The Chainsmokers, that serves as an ode to the trendy self-portrait. The trend is a favorite by many; yet, there is something to be said about our infatuation and acceptance of the trend of selfies in our society today: We are being consumed by technology.

 

When was the last time you sat at dinner with friends and really appreciated your surroundings? Probably not, since you are in the same predicament as everyone else: on your phone. Unfortunately, society has taken a turn in this age to where having lunch with friends actually means having lunch with friends as one friend checks Facebook notifications, another is constantly tweeting, and the other is texting someone else not at lunch.

 

The exceptions, however, are great until someone decides it is time for a “selfie,” takes a group’s photo, and automatically uploads it onto Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other social media site where the value of your picture is determined how many likes, retweets, or favorites you receive. What ever happened to the value of human experience?

 

Our generation has become dependent upon technology, and it is affecting our social skills dearly. Nowadays, it is nearly impossible for individuals to hold a dialogue without taking one look at their phone or centering the conversation around something they found on social media. The selfie, specifically, deters us from taking in our experiences fully and living in the moment.

 

Rather, we are too focused taking and filtering photos that we believe will create lasting memories in order to place them on social media to gain others approval. Selfies do not give us the full story of an eventful night, they merely show the story at one specific point in time.

 

Overall, selfies should be used in moderation, and use of mobile devices should be limited in social situations. Other than that, let’s try to put our cell phones away when we are with friends and family; interact more, and actually make human connections without blasting it all over your Facebook.

 

How do you feel about the overtaking of technology? How often are you on your phone at groups meetings or hangouts? What do you think can be done to prevent technology from taking away memories? Let’s discuss @DeShonna_Aliyah.