Find out if you have 'Selfie Syndrome'
MILWAUKEE - It was the word of the year in 2013. The #selfie is a technological term now more common on social media sites than almost anything out there today. This year, the 'selfie' is only picking up speed. So what's the value of taking a picture of yourself and putting it out there? For some its more than just a snapshot.
Student Christine Luckasen suggests, "If I was going to do it, I'd do it looking down. You always want to be looking down because you look less heavy."
Kim Mickelson knows about what's successful online. Her marketing company crafts images for products and places we use every day. She says each selfie we take sends a message--whether we intend to or not. "We are absolutely a brand. Everything's a brand. Whether you define it, or nurture it or control it, it just organically happens."
Psychologist Kelly Fairbanks says selfies aren't all bad, and can be healthy, to a point.
"Maintaining this idea with their peers and family members that they are happy... that they are all these things that they want to be," Dr. Fairbanks explains.
Dr. Fairbanks warns, we don't want our selfies to come off too narcissistic. "To become more focused on themselves. More drawn to themselves and worried about their own feelings and their thoughts and their appearances. And this is taking away from the energy they could otherwise give to relationships. That they can give to other people."
Student Adrian Mendoza adds, "Let's say you upload a picture and it gets no likes. and then someone else uploads a picture and it gets 50, and you're like, 'Well I feel kind of bad right now.'
As for the excessive selfies, Dr. Fairbanks has some advice. "Get over yourself... Really."
Our marketing pro says selfies are here to stay, just like social media, so get used to them!