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Rise of 'look at me' syndrome

Generation Y is soon becoming known as the selfie generation.
Generation Y is soon becoming known as the selfie generation. Jacob Wackerhausen

OUR Facebook and Instagram accounts are riddled with them.

Whether a hater or a perpetrator, there is no escaping the selfie generation swooping our cyber-sphere like wildfire.

So what is to blame for this sudden obsession with the duck face, the awkward pout, and the arm evident in every shot?

Warwick Facebooker Colin O'Brien thinks it's Gen Ys way of "feeling famous".

"I can understand a photo of a group of friends at an event, but pictures of yourself says egomaniac, crying for attention (and) look at me syndrome," Mr O'Brien said.

Have we become a generation so caught up in our own worlds that we forget others just aren't interested in a happy snap of us eating brekky, on the way to work, feeling full from morning tea, hungry for lunch, waiting for the clock strike 5pm, dressed for the gym, at the gym and before we head to bed - all in a day's posts?

Warwick woman Helena Moore doesn't think so.

"I don't think people are obsessed with themselves or are being attention seekers by putting up selfies," she wrote to the Daily News' Facebook page.

"Why can't people express themselves? And if they are confident enough to do it, why judge them?

"Isn't that what we need in the world today, for teenagers and the young to be confident about the way they look, with their self esteem?

"Judging someone's picture and saying they are obsessed/egomaniac/attention seeker etc, is kind of like bullying, really."

So as you trawl through your Facebook page, being thrown selfies like clay targets, perhaps take a second to wonder just why your friend is posting that sequence of photos.

Or simply unsubscribe to their posts if you've hit boiling point.

Do you think 'selfies' are egotistical or empowering?

This poll ended on 28 August 2013.

Current Results

Egotistical

58%

Empowering

6%

Neither - they're just annoying.

34%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  facebook gen y instagram photos social media


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