16 Comments
  • Gina Leslie
    June 7, 2016

    Selfies can be a bit much today. It is fine everyone once in awhile but unfortunately children are growing up in a very imaged based world. I am a little more concerned with all the editing of images that goes on!

    • Rica Lewis
      June 7, 2016

      Absolutely, Gina! What are we saying about ourselves when we feel we need to “edit” reality? Good point and thanks so much for reading!

  • Susannah
    June 7, 2016

    My little man is only a year and a half now but I definitely worry for how we’re going to have to handle social media when he’s older!

    • Rica Lewis
      June 7, 2016

      Yes, definitely make a plan, Susannah! Thanks for reading and commenting. 😀

  • Stacey W
    June 9, 2016

    Such an important topic. As technology changes we have to be aware of how it can also be damaging at times if let out of control.

    • Rica Lewis
      June 9, 2016

      Good point, Stacey. Thanks so much for your input!

  • Leanne
    June 10, 2016

    I’ve never been a fan of selfies – maybe because I’ve never taken one that looks half decent? I think they are all about “look at me, look at me” and our teenagers are narcissistic enough already without encouraging behaviour that promotes it.

    • Rica Lewis
      June 10, 2016

      Leanne, I think a lot of people share that opinion. I do enjoy pics because I didn’t grow up with a smart phone, but there’s a point where it just becomes excessive. I have a friend who takes pics of everything: every meal, every tree, every new experience. But I think in her case, she’s just savoring life.

  • Rosemond
    June 10, 2016

    Our selfie obsesses society scares me, especially for my teen. Hopefully, this trend is going to end…one of these days!

    • Rica Lewis
      June 10, 2016

      I agree, Rosemond. They’re treading the line between confidence and narcissism. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Silly Mummy
    June 10, 2016

    I don’t do them myself, as I am very camera shy. I think it is all getting a bit out of control, to be honest. Though it is not just the selfie element of social media that concerns me, it is wider. I think there are issues with people essentially photoshopping & rose tinting their whole lives, and others trying to compete with these fake and unrealistic portrayals. I also think that there is too much dependence on the approval and opinions of others and, worse, others who don’t actually really know you. I think that is particularly damaging to kids, and in fact psychological studies have also claimed that. They have stated that social media may be particularly damaging to kids because they don’t yet have a developed sense of self. Stability of personality requires a clear sense of who you are, and self esteem, that is internal and not based on the opinions of others or what they think you should be. As such, too much exposure to social media may be damaging the development of children’s self esteem and personality.

    • Rica Lewis
      June 11, 2016

      YES to everything you said, Silly Mummy. My heart breaks for teens who are just discovering their beauty and self-worth. Social media can indeed be dangerous and damaging. Thank you so much for your insight here. So much truth!

  • Carol Cassara
    June 11, 2016

    Boy, is this right on the money. I am sharing this with friends who have kids and also on my page today. 😉

  • Terri Webster Schrandt
    June 13, 2016

    I have been guilty of a couple of selfies since I dropped some weight. Sadly, I have heard of the quest for selfies causing death (in Yosemite in 2013), as young people venture into outdoor area or near wild animals. Now enter snapchat and this idea that it’s all about self instead of others. A really excellent post!

    • Rica Lewis
      June 13, 2016

      Hi Terri! That’s insane– death by selfie? Hmm, that reminds me of the recent story I heard about a girl who got hit by a car because she was taking selfies while crossing the street.

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