Why do people seem to be obsessed with taking selfies?

Why do people seem to be obsessed with taking selfies?
call me old fashioned but like I've never really gotten what the hype is about when it comes to the constant need of taking selfies or even just making a bunch of posts on social media to let everyone know what you're doing (I'm not claiming that every person does this). like why do people see it as important to put their whole lives on the internet for random people to know about it? is it just a way of people wanting to glorify themselves or feel better about themselves or something? I mean yes I am on a social media thing this very moment (G@G, its all I care to have) and I don't care about people seeing what I look like or delving into every part of my life besides just the music I work with..


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Most Helpful Guy

  • My picture of me is there because someone suggested I do it. I'm not a selfie kind of guy. I hate them too. Hate them so much. I find it a little arrogant to think you look so good that you want others to know that you feel like you look so good that you have to show them how good you look. When I was in a relationship, I never liked our commented on her selfles and I never wanted to take a picture with her (I still can't figure out why I'm single (sarcasm)).
    Maybe I'm a bit too old fashioned, but I don't care for people seeing my face, and I'd change mine back to the old man it used to be if a friend on this site didn't get on me about it.

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    • many people have asked me to put my face as my profile pic. but I never do it I just put up a band artwork or some musician so it could confuse people and make them look closer to see if its me or not lol

    • Perfect. Real easy to confuse them when a lot of the good rock and roll stars dressed like girls. I saw a Guns n Roses music video and I went "oh, she's kinda cute"... I was looking at Axl Rose. I made myself laugh so hard.

    • lmao and let's not forget Motley Crue.. I swear the singer at one point looked like a male version of Cherie Currie of The Runaways lol

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  • Because its a trend, people do what others are doings cause they don't want to feel left out. Sometimes it for self validation, if people show that person that they care what they are doing then it makes them feel good about themselves as well as important. Its possible that they may not feel like they are noticed in their personal lives very often and wish they were. But yeah a lot people do it for glorification. Honestly i never hoped on the trend, im not photogenic and don't care much for photos.

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  • Usually they're after the dopamine rush that comes with likes and mentions in social media, the only way to get exposure is to share content.
    In time your brain associates taking a selfie with a short burst of pleasure inducing dopamine and it will seek it unless you break the habit

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  • Everything in moderation. On one hand, yes it can be overdone and some people become obsessed with it but on the other hand, if they're enjoying life, they like to snapshot their life in that moment, whats wrong with that? Thats why I take them, its a memory of that day for me at least. I can remember my feelings or just thought I looked good lol Simple as that.

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  • I am wondering the same thing. This doesn't mean I never took such photos, sometimes it is the only means of taking a photo of oneself or a group and sometimes taking pictures symbolic of one's current life are something that may be looked back at in the future. However, I take those photos once a year or even less frequently. I have no idea why some persons seem to _want_ to share every minute detail with the world.

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  • You should just like me, this is the extent of my social media as well. I like spending my time going out and doing things IRL instead of updating shit all the time.

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  • Some psychologists say that this might be a disorder and that its a way to inrease their self esteem and sense of worth.
    Call me crazy. But Im not a fan of fb as well. What do u think about that?

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    • i have a friend who is on a few social media sites (including facebook) and he's put up his pics before but not every moment of every day. really he mainly posts stuff having to do with his music. I'm not really against anyone using social media but it can be annoying when its like people feel like that social media is most important for survival lol. I do agree with those psychologists that say that though, it does make sense

  • Because we don't see all the times they DON'T take them. It's observer bias; we only know of those instance where the behavior occurred.

    ER staff do this with motorcycle enthusiasts, for example. Since the vast majority of riders they see have been in accidents, they mis-estimate the hazard. They're simply unaware of the hundreds of thousands of rider hours that DON'T end up in the emergency room.

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  • I always laughed whenever I saw a selfie stick, I call them narci-sticks.
    I came off age in the 90s, anybody who took a selfie without a friend in it was high on themselves.

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  • Because people are have no personality for the most part lol. I noticed this when i was on ig. For the most part i follow artist (like mehsluf) and artist tend to only upload art. Musician (like my bro) only really upload music and promotions, military up load military etc etc. If the only thing you have to offer is your physical appearance self is the only thing you can take.

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  • It's pretty retarded yeah but then again kids these days are eating fucking detergent and snorting condoms so yeah the world may be fucked.

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  • I think the obsession of taking selfies is annoying. It's mostly women obsessed with them. It's a lot to do with narcissism, conceit/insecurity, seeking approval, attention seeker, etc. It's this day and age that everyone thinks too highly of themselves.

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  • Attention seekers. I was another site recently where this girl was having a serious meltdown over someone stealing her photos. She followed her little rant with posting 10 or more new selfies. If you are going to post photos of yourself non-stop on the internet you can't really whine if people take those pics to do whatever they want with them. They are attention seekers and largely delusional.

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  • People are narcissistic. Pair that with the ability to share everything with their friends, and an effortless way for their friends to make them feel glorified, something that doesn't take any thought or extra time, and it only makes sense that they would obsess over it.

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  • Some people just seek refuge in random strangers, for different reasons. Some have no friends in real life and are trying to fill that kind of a void and others just get satisfaction out of all the likes and cringy comments sayin shit like “Queen” and “OMG you’re so beautiful”

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    • I agree with you. When people put a picture of themselves when they look very pretty. Here it comes all the comment on "Ohh very pretty" You look good, etc etc. and people give them likes so dumb!!

  • The ones that don't, have 2 options.. Don't take a selfie because that person could hate their body (like me) or simply just don't want to

    The ones that do, well... Like you said, Glorify & all that. Me personally, I prefer not to. A) it takes a up space on the device. B) why look at myself in a camera when there's things called mirrors. If people wanna know stuff about my life.. Well ring or text me, that's if I've given you my number of course

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  • But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
    - 2 Timothy 3

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  • Well i used to take a lot of selfies myself back then it just like you are technically thinking that (for example: you're looking good and you are proud of it and such) so it's addicting but after sometime that addiction to taking a selfie wores off when you think yourself as ugly etc.

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  • Fashion set by people who get paid making money , others are just following brainlessly, ignoring the fact that , it is an easy take for criminals to know ur whole details and making us vulnerable to the extent we don't even guess

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  • Yeah, I myself find ut stupid. Plus, they take selfies wherever they want.
    To describe them, I'll say that these people aren't being real to themselves and, like doing things which are trendy or maybe trying to fit in into the society.

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  • Why not tell us how you really feel by posting a song about it? XD

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  • Personally I prefer selfie because in selfies I can see how I look and change the angle according to me.. to explain some one about taking photos is boring. Selfie is quick action and mostly perfect too

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  • Omg I hate the way I look in pictures. You don't see me taking selfies at all

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  • Because a majority of the population feels an almost unquenchable desire to self promote. This comes from how our society has placed an inflated value on networked popularity in this, the age of communication.

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  • There's a small bit of satisfaction in someone liking your photos. In a miniature way it's satisfying to know you're "approved of" or maybe even "above average" in terms of, what they are now calling, social skills.

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  • Narcissism, insecurity, self-gratification, attention-seeking (for whatever reason/purpose), etc.

    Or maybe they're just really documenting their life lol...

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  • I only take selfies when I'm doing something cool or meeting someone

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  • It's just insecure people seeking validation for the most part

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  • To fit in and not stand out from the crowd or sometimes they maybe do it cause they are bored. Or maybe seeking attention of others. In my opinion anyways

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  • Every one is stuck wanting to be reassured by the world that they are "happy", sense social likes, comments and shares. We strive for the acceptance in all social environments including thus app

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  • Narcissism really.

    But sometimes, people believe that others want to know what they are doing every second of every day.

    Even those cam girls, I don't think about after a certain time or even much (I don't pay for porn). Yeah it's terrible, but then again, do they even care about who's on the other end watching them really? As long as they are throwing dollars their way, they don't associate much to whoever is watching them. Usually these girls have SO anyhow and just say they don't to keep the fan base going.

    Anyhow, being the male pig I am, I still find them seriously sexy and love watching women get off and masturbate so...

    But when people take selfies like they are eating something or standing by a burning building with people yelling for help and they are sitting there, "guess where I am", taking a photo, that's a disconnect from reality that I don't understand.

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  • Because this "people" needs attention, and this attention is rewarded with "likes".
    I mean, even I make a lot of photos, but I don't need attention therefore I don't share my photos

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  • 1- To give a boost of confidence to themselves, I guess it's the same as in standing in front of a mirror and trying poses to be confident of your look.
    2- Becasue they are narcistic people who like getting attention, and boasting in front of people.
    3- To make their life seem more interisting than it is
    4- To simply follow the trend

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  • Because its an addiction for them... they always want the feedback from other people, making them into really people who have a low self esteem... but they portray themselves as super confident or super healthy or super pretty or whatever, but if you took away that media they would loose their identity... very sad tbh

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  • self obsession.

    I noticed people who are really arrogant or proud of themselves in some way do it a lot.

    More humble down to earth people really dont care.

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  • Personally, I just take selfies just to keep in my phone but I never post them and if I do it’s just on Snapchat just for no reason because that’s the purpose of the app. It’s just now society is built on competition and seeking confidence with the opinions of others.

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  • To fill the self loathing void in their hearts with the possibility of posting a photo and getting complimented. It helps.

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  • I totally agree with you Im also on social media but Im not obsessed like many people are. I dont understsand either what is the hype of posting your private life on display for random people to see. What are they gaining doing that? Pathetic!!

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  • Actually I wanted to write something smart... And... Oops... No logical explanation... Just shallowness.

    I will never understand how can they make me bored so much with their selfies

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  • People take selfish because they are lovers of themselves!!!

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  • Because I like to get a photo of myself when I think I look good.
    How horrible.

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    • I'm not saying that no one needs to EVER take a pic, its just that people get obsessive over it and do it who knows how many times a day just to please people online that they don't even know..

  • I take a ton, and I can't think of one reason I do that makes me sound like a good person. Lol

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  • Because they're either bored, narcissist, insecure, to make themselves happy, or have an addiction and need help...

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  • people like getting self verification from other people

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  • Personally i take pictures when i need aa confidence boost to make sure i look okay from their hight cause everyone is taller than me.

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  • I don't know maybe they get some kind of satisfaction out of it on social media

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  • Because they're photogenic... if they weren't n they know they ain't, I doubt they'd bother getting addicted

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  • Because when you love yourself you just want to be everywhere

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  • i hate selfies

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  • Lots of people are really narcissistic thats why.

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  • To post it on their social media, maybe

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  • Its apl fake

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  • I honestly don't understand it either

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  • Attention getters.

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