When Justin Bieber posts his 76th selfie on Twitter, the world yawns. But when someone makes an app for cats to take their own selfies, something slightly insane seems to be happening. Follow that up with high-brow writers from the New Yorker writing about the selfie, and it’s clear that this #selfie #madness is a bonafide trend. But when the former First Lady and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton takes a selfie with her daughter, is it all downhill from there?
Why, exactly, are selfies so ascendant right now? If selfies date back to duck faces on Myspace, what has taken it so long to become so popular? And where will it go from here? Have we reached the selfie saturation point yet?
Take a look at this Google Trends chart that shows how searched for the word “selfie” has been over the past 9 years. You’ll quickly see that we are either about to take this trend into the stratosphere — or it’s about to crash hard after a precipitous rise.
We want to know what you think about selfies. No, really. We do. Share your hugs and hate for selfies. Are they yet another sign of the impending Apocalypse? Or is there something culturally significant about them? Do you take them? How often? Why? Is there a better word we should be using besides “selfie”? We’re interested in both high-brow and low-down opinions, so please take a minute out of your day to let us know why you think selfies are so ascendant — and what the future of the selfie holds.
Take the poll here or on our special poll page.
That’s the entirety of our Barely Scientific™ Selfie Poll. We’ll share the best of the best in an upcoming post with all the results. We’ll also share the best excerpts from our most interesting customers, so wow us with your witty opinions and smart remarks. If you want to take credit for your thoughts, let us know who you are in your response.
— Eric Suesz, Pixlr community manager