Five Reasons I Don’t Take Selfies

Photo Courtesy: Paško Tomić

Photo Courtesy: Paško Tomić


I despise selfies. I’m pretty sure I disdain the word itself even more. Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, the word “selfie” has recently infiltrated our dictionaries.

The Oxford Dictionary defines “selfie” this way: “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”

The practice has spread like wildfire on Facebook and Twitter, but I don’t think we’ve taken enough time to reflect on the impact of culture’s rapid adoption of the practice.

Here are five reasons I don’t take selfies:

1. I don’t want to look 10 years older than I am. If there is ever a pressing need for you to see every wrinkle, scar, and blemish on my face., then maybe I would consider it. Seriously, taking a photo of yourself with a camera inches from your eyebrows in dark lighting is just asking to make yourself look like you’ve put on a few years.

Chesapeake Bay

My recent sunset walk along the Chesapeake Bay

2. Photography is an art form. As a photographer, I am passionate about nature and landscape photography. As such, my goal is to let you see a bit of the world from my point-of-view. If you are able to experience the wonder and beauty of my outdoor adventures, then I’ve done my job. Selfies tend to ruin the beauty of the art.

3. It’s not about me. Granted, I am part of God’s great story. However, my goal is to boast about God’s creation through my photos and life experiences. Selfies serve to bring glory and honor to self. They are a cry for attention and affirmation. The affirmation is short-lived, and will never bring lasting fulfillment.

4. A social media presence is about building and developing relationships. My goal is to add value to the lives of others, and selfies add arguably little-to-no value. In fact, studies have shown that posting too many selfies can harm your real-life relationships.

5. Because everyone else is doing it. I’m a non-conformist. Since everyone is doing it, that is a plenty good enough reason to run the other direction.

What’s your take on selfies? Do you take part? Why or why not?

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