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  • Are selfies all just a bit of harmless, narcissistic fun?
  • Are selfies all just a bit of harmless, narcissistic fun?
    John Brian Silverio (2014) ©
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Thigh gaps and funeral snaps: the dark side of the selfie

Crowned 'word of the year' in 2013, the selfie has come a long way from its origins as a niche social media tag. But are selfies just a bit of narcissistic fun, or is there a darker side?

Location North America / Northern Europe

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This is a photo of me and my mate pouting in a club, this is a picture of my bikini bridge on a beach in Greece, and this is a selfie at my Nan’s funeral…

The selfie is a 21st century phenomenon. With its frequency in the English language increasing by 17,000% in 2013, it’s come a long way from its humble beginnings as a niche social media tag. Crowned ‘word of the year’ in 2013, it’s even made its way into the Oxford Dictionary. [1] But are selfies just a bit of narcissistic fun, or ...

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