Please don’t crucify me.
I am not a selfie addict and I have never been one.
Long before Facebook has become popular and Instagram a favorite venue for posting those shots, selfie has been in vogue although ten years ago you won’t call a self-portrait a selfie. It gained a wider popularity among the youth overtime. Blame it on the proliferation of cheap cellphones or digital camera. You are not in if you don’t have at least a 5mp mobile phone. Never mind that it takes grainy photos as long as one can post them on social media. The lure of having a new mobile device with a more tempting 12 megapixel camera on the side is enough. You won’t need a high-end camera to take selfies. They take clear photos along with apps that you can choose to make them nicer than they actually look.
Why did I even think of blogging about it? It reminds me of that time I rode a bus going to UST, the long ride would make you notice every one just to pass the time. I blogged about it here somewhere. You know that kind of thing where the bedroom is as wide as the bus you were riding. Yes, some girls or gals would not think twice doing their “personal thing” to improve their looks, never mind that they are in a very public place like a moving bus.
I was eating an early lunch at Jollibee today when someone took the seat opposite mine on the next table. I was surprised when she started combing her hair, applying on face powder and lipstick, I can’t help but stare. What? In a public place, an eatery at that? Oh well :( As if that is not enough, she took out her cellphone, pointed it in front of her and made those facial expressions that look so funny to me but I was thinking, “oh, selfie”. There’s the pouting lips, a demure smile, a smile showing her teeth, an expression like she is kissing someone in front of her, a formal expression on her face. I told myself, “candid selfie shots, so that’s how its done.” :) then her companion, probably a friend arrived with a tray of sandwiches and drinks. I was about to finish my meal and took out a small notebook to write another blog post, when I looked up though, I was surprised that she was doing the same thing that her friend did earlier, even changing seats so she could have the angle she wanted.
You might say, I am an old soul, an old generation. I’d rather take photos of something about nature or take photos of Nate when he is around than taking a selfie shot of this old face and smiling in front of a camera. There is one thing more I do notice nowadays, even Facebook has that new app called filters where you could make your face so flawless, even finer than a baby’s face. It’s not natural, it destroys the true image of a subject. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. What do you think?
Oh, they call it selfie.