The ViewPoint

Stop Taking Selfies

Back to Article
Back to Article

Stop Taking Selfies

Joe Lose

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Seriously.  Enough already.  Selfies aren’t cute or cool.  In fact, the word itself makes me want to yarf.  I think one of two things when I see a picture you’ve taken of yourself and post it on social media…

1)  You have no real friends.  Why else would you have to take a picture of yourself BY yourself?

2)  You’re just as narcissistic (if not more) than President Obama (but that’s a totally different subject).  Do you really think all your online friends are interested in seeing your self-portrait eight times a day?

I’ve found the best way to stop people from taking selfies is to take pictures of them taking selfies.  When people see how idiotic they look holding a phone away from their face, moving it and their bodies/faces around until they get that perfectly timed and framed shot of vanity, they generally stop.

Is it that difficult to ask someone to snap a shot of you in front of that statue?  Or maybe you just don’t want to go through the whole, “Oh, I don’t like that one.  Take another one.” ordeal.  I long for the days of cameras with film where you’d take the picture and if it came out phenomenally or phenomenally terrible, it’s what you had.

Your friends…  Your actual friends that you see and have face-to-face interactions with know exactly what you look like.  If they see a funny-looking picture of you, yes, they’re going to laugh.  They’ll probably even tease you a bit.  But you know what?  That’s what friends are for.  They’re not there to be subjected to your constant onslaught of your obnoxious selfies just so you can get a handful of “likes.”

Put the phones and other machines down.  Let your friends take pictures of you.  Let strangers take pictures of you and your friends.  It’s a great way to make new friends!

Now, I’ll freely admit there are indeed acceptable times to take a shot of yourself.  If you are indeed all alone and see something too incredible to pass up and can somehow get yourself in the shot to prove you were there, ok.  Road tripping solo and see a great landmark with no one around to ask for a quick picture?  Go for it.  That’s about it.

One last thing.  If you know the #Selfie song by the Chainsmokers and have ever thought, “Oh my God! That’s totally me and my friends!” You should probably rethink most of your life.  That song is a fantastic satirical look on everything and more I just mentioned. Guess I should finish attacking your lifestyle now. But first, let me take a selfie.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
About the Writer
Joe Lose, Writer

Job Title: Opinion Columnist


Major: Broadcasting


Hometown: Kansas City, MO


About: My name is Joe and I'm from Kansas City, Missouri majoring...

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Stop Taking Selfies

    Campus

    Graphic design students get up-close look at workplaces; portfolio show set for April 27

  • Stop Taking Selfies

    Campus

    Northeast agriculture students place 2nd at NACTA Judging Conference

  • Stop Taking Selfies

    Campus

    Northeast student develops promotional video for national conference

  • Campus

    How to: make a scrapbook

  • Stop Taking Selfies

    Campus

    Northeast broadcasting students assist in raising funds for flood relief

  • Stop Taking Selfies

    Business

    Northeast Phi Beta Lambda Helps Make a Difference

  • Stop Taking Selfies

    Campus

    1,110 students take part in 35th Northeast scholastic contest and quiz bowl

  • Stop Taking Selfies

    Campus

    Northeast’s Dickau named a 2019 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar

  • Stop Taking Selfies

    Campus

    Northeast student earns national honor

  • Stop Taking Selfies

    Campus

    How to make your own rustic dream catcher

Navigate Right
The official student newspaper of Northeast Community College.
Stop Taking Selfies