Our Selfies, Ourselves – Why This Cultural Movement Was Started With A Smartphone

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In 2014, the term “selfie” was officially accepted into the game of Scrabble. It seems like you can’t turn on the news or flip through a magazine, without seeing photos of celebrities, politicians and other cultural figures showing you their self-portrait shot digitally on their iPhones of course. Log onto Facebook or Instagram and you’ll see the same thing – except with people you know. Meanwhile, you may have noticed out there in the real world, photos of tourists posing around something called a “selfie stick” which helps you get the perfect photograph without holding out your arm. Whether you caught onto the selfie through Kim Kardashian’s book of photographs, or that famous “Oscar selfie” (which quickly became the most tweeted photograph of all time), it’s a cultural phenomenon that’s here to stay.

 

How do you take the perfect selfie? Publications like the New York Times have stated that it’s more about capturing a feeling or a moment in time instead of your flawless eye makeup. To quote that Times article… “they are threaded together by a timeless delight in our ability to document our lives and leave behind a trace for others to discover.” While we may have evolved past the hand-etched paintings in caves to iPhone photos of our new haircut, these photos of our faces/ourselves, capture who we were that day and what we needed to convey. Smartphones and social media are truly made for each other, offering a portable and temporal connection to our friends and family. This desperate need to communicate our thoughts, feelings and emotions instantaneously is a new development in our culture. Selfies are more than skin deep.

Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 00.39.14Since iPhones have become the de rigueur accessory in any social situation and usually never leave our side, it is more important than ever to protect them. You may noticed in the winter months that your phone shuts down in colder weather as inclement temperatures, snow, finger oils and dusty cold weather apartments all impact its functioning. If you want to take control over your smartphone, invest in an attractive smartphone skin from an online retailer like dbrand. Since the cover of your iPhone plays an important role in any premium selfie, it may be a smart idea to accessorize your phone to fit your personal style. When you shop at dbrand online, you can choose from a variety of stylish coverings like faux wood paneling, silver titanium or red carbon fiber to truly express yourself.

These smartphone skin stickers fit any phone to the millimeter and act as a barrier against dust, grime and liquid spills. They also protect your phone while leaving the camera free to snap away. If you really value your smartphone, you know how important it is to protect your investment. By purchasing one of these uniquely crafted skins, you can step out in any situation primed for the perfect spontaneous self portrait.

If you feel inspired to share photos online and express yourself, try turning your camera around and get to know the angles of your own face. You might find a whole new confidence in sharing the way you see yourself with the people in your life. And with an iPhone protected by a state-of-the-art smartphone skin, you’ll be ready to pose anytime, any place.