American James Smith took 168 photos in 3 minutes and created the Guinness World Record. His record-breaking record was accompanied by his compatriot Patrick Peterson, who completed 1,449 self-portraits in an hour. Robert Cornelius, who lived 180 years ago, must have envied this speed because his self-timer took 15 minutes. But he doesn’t need to be too envious. After all, he is the first person in the world to successfully complete a selfie. His photo of silver photography is now treasured in the Library of Congress. Even though he can’t upload it to the Internet like a selfie in today’s society, he gets everyone’s praise and comments, but he also enjoys the treatment of thousands of people.
The word “self-timer” is derived from English. Its history is not long. The first time it appeared in the Oxford Dictionary was in 2013. The definition is also very common – I can shoot myself and upload it to social media via a smartphone or webcam. network platform. We can’t make a complete statistic on the number of selfies, because even if we know how many selfies are on the web, we don’t know the number of selfies on the phone and the number of photos sent via social software. Not to mention that there is now a private communication tool, some explicit private photos are sent through the software, and the photos are automatically deleted after the recipient reads them.
Self-portraits do not distinguish between men and women, everyone loves to take selfies, but the most self-portrait is still young people. The proportion of female selfies is higher, but men prefer to use maps or use filters.
About the self-timer, researchers at the University of Munich have something to say. They found that people generally feel that their selfies are more fresh and natural, while others’ photos are very artificial and superficial.
Psychologist Sara Dieffenbach commented: “People are reluctant to admit their self-respect, but they can always reveal the narcissistic mentality of others.”
There are many kinds of motivations for self-portraits. Some people are trying to express themselves and impress others. Some people are to record a moment, or to make friends, in order to get the outside world’s evaluation of their appearance. For example, someone shopping in a shopping mall, trying on clothes and then taking a self-portrait to the Internet, with the text: “Buy, or not?” It seems to be asking for your opinions, in fact, is to express their taste and seek recognition from others. .
The first selfie was born nearly 200 years ago, and the self-timer wave broke out in modern times. What is the reason?
First of all, it is a technical limitation. It wasn’t until 2010 that Apple introduced the first iPhone 4 with a front-facing camera. This mobile phone, called Self-Timer, laid the technical foundation for the self-timer. Second, the development of social networks provides a platform for self-portraits. In 2003, the dating site “MySpace” opened the web era of photos. Subsequently, Facebook (Facebook) came out, because the quality of the photos it uploaded was better, netizens began to turn to Facebook. Facebook was no longer in the limelight until the appearance of the photo wall (Instagram), which eventually formed the situation of the current two-point world.
People think that their photos are the most natural and full of real feelings, while others’ photos are all posed and superficial.
Self-timer slowly brought out a complete industry chain: from selfie sticks, fill light artifacts, Bluetooth selfies to a variety of beauty software. The self-portrait style is also constantly changing. In the past, self-timer, makeup must be particularly delicate, otherwise it will not cover the embarrassment of the face. Now with beauty software, beauty camera, one button to get. The beauty function is much more, and people are beginning to return to the original, pursuing a natural or plain makeup.
Sometimes self-timer has become a funny behavior. On New Year’s Eve, a kind of selfie is very popular on the Internet: the girls put their eyebrows on the fir trees, each of which is dotted with glittering colored sequins. The whole eyebrow looks like a Christmas tree with balloons. Today’s selfies are not limited to making faces, but can also take any part of the body: chest, hips, hands, knees, etc. And this is not a female patent, and men can also take selfies. In short, the more ingenious, the easier it is to attract attention.
However, no matter how spoof, some unwritten rules of self-timer always follow. For example, it is not advisable to take a selfie at a funeral or a temple. It is not advisable to take a selfie on a heavy occasion. The Indonesian Museum has exhibited a Hitler wax figure for visitors to take pictures or take selfies, causing an uproar. Under the protests of the parties, the museum finally removed the wax figure. Self-timer is the freedom of everyone, but it should be based on respecting others and respecting history.
Self-timer is a common manifestation of many factors. Among them, cultural factors have the greatest impact on us, mainly in self-cognition. At the end of the 20th century, Western countries paid special attention to self-evaluation, and this ideology was passed on to other countries. Its connotation is: If you want to make a person become excellent, first let him firmly believe that he is excellent.
Under the influence of this ideology, a whole generation of people accept the concept of “improving self-feeling” instilled by parents and teachers. It is good to feel good about yourself, but it must be based on facts. Self-deception is the “self-feeling good” that is not supported by facts.
The current popular practice is to tell children, including adults, that he is a special existence. In the same way, if people do nothing in the real world, then the so-called “special” is a kind of self-deception.
The level of narcissism in Western countries is relatively high, which is reflected in the self-portrait behavior.
“I am very special” is a manifestation of narcissism to some extent. The level of narcissism in Western countries is relatively high, which is reflected in the self-portrait behavior.
We live in a very complicated world, and sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between black and white, true and false. Social networking is a particularly “inclusive” place where many young people become famous and even make their own careers. Although the US Internet Red Gold Kardashian became famous for its indecent events, it is also a successful case.
The other side of narcissism is the pursuit of perfectionism. Too good to say that it is a good thing for a person to pursue a higher standard of life. Wrong to say? Many people live and fight, fearing that their lives are not as perfect as everyone expects – this perfection includes perfect parents, perfect work, etc. In short, everything must be perfect. According to a survey in the United Kingdom, since the 1990s, young people who believe in perfectionism have grown by 30%. They are always cautious and care about the eyes of others, for fear that they are not perfect. In the self-timer world, they are always cheerful, friendly, optimistic, elegant, and approachable… but in their hearts, there is always a certain uncertainty: Am I really perfect?