It’s been a very selfieish week. In fact, since Ellen took the most-shared photo ever at the Oscars ceremony, the internet has been ablaze with selfie-related phenomena.
It has meanwhile emerged that looking at selfies can have a negative psychological impact on women. According to research by a collection of US universities, self-portraits on social media platforms have been linked to a lower sense of self-esteem with regards to the viewer’s body image.
For better or worse, here are three of the most popular selfie spin-offs this week.
April 9th was international ‘Suglie’ day (a portmanteau of selfie and ugly). The suglie gave vain people all over the world the excuse to post photos of themselves while pretending to make a statement against vanity and beauty standards. Twitter Germany even pasted instructions on how to make your own Suglie:
— Twitter Deutschland (@TwitterDE) April 9, 2014
2) The S.E.L.F.I.E. mirror
Developed by iStrategyLabs, the Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine is an intelligent mirror that automatically captures selfies and posting them on Twitter. As soon as the user walks onto the vinyl graphic on the floor, the hardware behind the mirror looks for a smile and takes the photo. Using a combination of a Mac Mini, a webcam and some LED lights, the S.E.L.F.I.E. mirror removes the necessity for the extended arm holding the smartphone.
As if taking selfies and suglies wasn’t embarrassing enough, the ‘aftersex’ selfie has taken the phenomenon to a new low. Having first gained popularity on instagram, this selfie category for couples has spread to various social media platforms, notably Twitter and Facebook.
With the After Sex Selfies Facebook page skyrocketing from 40,000 to 500,000 likes in the space of a week, this selfie spin-off is showing no signs of slowing.
Feature image: beautiful young blonde hipster stylish woman selfie in the park via Shutterstock / copyright: Eugenio Marongiu