It's crazy how a word can go from not even existing to being named “word of the year” by the Oxford English Dictionary within the span of 10 years. Do you know what that word is? SELFIE. Selfies are everywhere! Each day, people post more than 1 million selfies to social media. And how about these statistics:
• 91 percent of teens have posted a picture of themselves online1
• 30 percent of all photos people aged 18-24 take are selfies1
• 35 percent of 18-24 year-olds admit to altering their photos1
While we might think of selfies as fun, those “me only” selfies do have their drawbacks. Studies show that selfies lead to decreased intimacy and more shallow relationships2. Selfies have even given rise to the “selfie surgery”3 with plastic surfer on the rise for patients under 30.3
Think it's time for a change? #TheUsProject movement is designed to use social media to bring us together, instead of pitting us against one another, and even ourselves. It's time to stop competing among friends and making the change to build each other up. Change that all-by-yourself in the mirror selfie to group photos that say “we” makes “me”. Just like it takes all types of flowers to make the most beautiful gardens, it takes all types of people together to make a more beautiful picture.
Some of my own favorite pictures are those I have taken with my blogging friends. As a blogger, I don't go to work every day and have a chance to chat around the water cooler. BUT, I do have an awesome network of friends I can chat with online each day. When we actually DO have chances to get together in person it's awesome!! We take time to discuss work and gain so much from each others' knowledge and support and even better – we have a blast!! It's so much fun hanging out with people who “get” what you do and can relate.
It's your turn: Take a group photo of yourself with the people that give you strength and share on Instagram with the hashtag #TheUsProject. Select winners will receive #TheUsProject apparel!
1 Infographic: Selfie Psychology Stats and Info, LocateADoc.com, June 9, 2014 2What Your Selfies Say About You, Psychology Today, September 16, 2013 3Press Release, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, March 11, 2014