lthough the term dates back to 2005 when photographer Jim Krause first used it in a discussion about self-taken pictures, it’s only been in the last few years that selfies have really taken off. Can you remember the last time you logged on to Facebook or Twitter and didn’t see at least a few selfies? THEY. ARE. EVERYWHERE.
The trend has become so a part of popular culture that the word “selfie” found its way into the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013 after being called the
“word of the year.” Groan. Smartphone makers who conducted independent studies found that 30 percent of all photos taken with these products are selfies. Doubly groan.
But selfies are not without their own brand of controversy. Sometimes they end up in the wrong hands (I’m looking at you, Scarlett Johansson), wind up on sites as a form of revenge porn, implicate people in wrongdoings, and are, at least according to a writer at Jezebel, a cry for help. I’m still sticking to my “Look at me! Look at me!” theory, but I digress.