The 2013 Selfie has Taught Us its True Definition

By: Emilie Picillo - Published: Dec 31, 2013
The 2013 selfie is not limited to a celebrity Instagram. Animals, seniors, and photoshopped faces have made their way to the Internet limelight through clever ads and blogs.

Although selfies may be seen as vain or narcissistic, they've existed in one form or another for thousands of years. They are a true expression of one's existence and demonstrate an urgency to feel united and connected in the daily lives of their viewers.

In 2013, selfies have been taken to new, and in some cases extreme, heights. For example, blogs like Selfies at Funerals or Selfies at Serious Places conclude a popular distaste for inappropriate selfies. Instead of shunning these controversial modes of expression, the year of 2013 has taught us the power of the selfie. It performs as a window into people’s lives and as a result, certain situations are deemed appropriate to document a self-portrait, while others appear unfitting.