Can we stop the insanity already?!
I am absolutely perplexed by this
fascination OBSESSION with taking selfies.
Every day, I see image after image of people- mostly 20-30 somethings- on my Facebook timeline that document each step of their day. I guess it wouldn’t be quite so bad if these photos were actually interesting, but what is being documented in this photo explosion? Is it documenting the world and people around them? Things in society or nature that speak to them or highlight beauty?
Unfortunately it isn’t that interesting. In fact, it goes a little something like this:
1. Take selfie highlighting groggy smile while still in bed- time stamped to document the fact that we overslept (despite the fact our boss will hear only about the “bad traffic”).
2. Take selfie in the bathroom documenting the the pre-shower state- proof that in spite of sleeping late, we really did need that shower.
3. Take selfie documenting freshly showered state- hair obviously not done (see boss, still more work to do!).
4. Take selfie showing work clothes for the day. (see boss, I AM on the way!)
5. Take selfie showing the grand achievement of actually making it to the car (late for work, but plenty of time for a selfie!)
6. Take selfie after arriving at work to let everyone know we arrived and didn’t change clothes (this inevitably creates an awkward situation while filling out time sheet that says our arrival time is much different that this picture would suggest).
And the list goes on…
Can we stop already?
Our culture has become so obsessed with self, that we ignore the beauty around us in favor of us emphasizing our importance in our own eyes. The phrase “stop and smell the roses” has changed to “stop and selfie while crushing the roses so we can take advantage of the soft light”.
We have once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that we can’t just enjoy, but we have to distract ourselves from in order to snap a selfie and find a good cell phone signal so we can share with everyone else how good we look at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we are going to start enjoying again after this image finishes uploading!
We are turning into social zombies.
We no longer relate to one another as humans. Conversation is becoming a fine art form that few are skilled enough to actually engage in. It seems that if we can’t engage our fingers on some tech device, we have nothing to say and nothing we can relate to. Instead, we choose to highlight our social ineptitude by taking a selfie in a lobby full of unique people with unique stories that are waiting to be told- if only they had someone to share them with.
We walk around aimlessly, focused on something other than what would be considered healthy and normal by any rational third person standard, looking for that thing that feeds us- US. The inability of these social zombies to positively contribute to society as a whole leaves those of us that aren’t infected frustrated, tired, and even worried about how we need to protect ourselves from the madness.
Think I’m wrong?
Try driving during rush our with some of these zombies who are paying more attention to turning for the camera than using their turn signals to let society know that they are changing lanes at 70mph on the interstate. When this happens, you begin to worry about how you can safely make it back to the sanctuary of your zombie-proofed fort.
And THIS is why giraffes have been right all along.
They spend their day immersed in the world AROUND them. They instinctively recognize that if the focus totally on them and how great they look reflecting off of the local watering hole, they will fall victim to a predator that is willing to take advantage of this very distracted prey.
Giraffes work to find food and shelter and they enjoy social gatherings- recognizing their benefit not just as companions, but as a safety net. A lone giraffe is a foolish giraffe. They live in a state of beauty and grace. In fact, their existence inspires people all over the world to travel just for the opportunity to take pictures of them.
So I guess it all boils down to this for me:
More than my desire to see selfies eliminated from society, I desire to see social zombies come to life and live lives that others would find inspiring enough to photograph, document, and share.
Maybe I’m old-fashioned for my age. Maybe I’m just not up into “tech stuff” they way I used to be.
Is it just me or can others out there relate?