An article on Cosmopolitan has captured my attention: Are selfies bad for our self-esteem?
The writer answers the question with a resounding yes and I’m inclined to agree. I am guilty of taking selfies, often on a daily basis, to check how I look. Sometimes I look at my selfie and think, “hey I’m actually looking decent enough today” and I get a small boost of self-esteem. But is this feeling long lasting? No. A few hours later, I take another selfie and even after trying every Instagram filter, I’m still not satisfied with how I look, leading to a dip in self-esteem and a low mood.
The problem is that the selfie is all about your external self, and brings our focus more and more to seeing beauty in a blinkered way. My Instagram feed is full of celebrities obsessed with sharing themselves looking perfect and enjoying their ‘perfect’ life (Kim Kardashian being a great example). If only they would show themselves with a red, sweaty face at the gym, or with windswept, bedraggled hair after a walk in the rain. Then maybe young girls would get a real self-esteem boost from realising that embracing imperfections and focussing on your fabulous personality is the definition of real beauty…
I am going to go for a week without taking selfies – join me and let’s focus on our inner beauty instead. Who wants a duck face like Kim anyway?!
What do you think of the selfie: good or bad for self-esteem?
Read the full article here: http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/reports/a26082/selfies-bad-self-esteem/