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I, Me and MySelfie!

I, Me and MySelfie!

The other day while I was basking in the afternoon sun waiting for my bus to come, I clumsily took some random selfies of myself and sent them to my friends. With the world in a frenzy with its selfie obsession, I wonder: how did it end up this way? I realized that perhaps selfies were always there, but they weren’t explored to this extent until now.

The simple yet unexplored means of indulging in focusing and clicking countless pictures is the new rage. Duck faces, pouting, raised eyebrows, and teeth-clenching pictures; blowing kisses, bulging eyes, battling eyelids and naughty ones—who would have thought it would come to this?

Have you ever wondered why the selfie mania crept upon us like a fast-moving epidemic? Well I have. Here are some of the basic reasons you may not have thought of before as to how selfie-ism became popular.

1. Self-obsession Syndrome

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    Nobody can get enough of himself/herself in this lifetime. The self-obsession syndrome has led people to become highly involved with taking selfies. The unstoppable feeling of seeing and clicking umpteen pictures of oneself just to get the best one out of the lot is unnerving. I have a friend who looks great on camera and is selfie-obsessed. She says that since she is a little bit on the heavier side, selfies work wonders for her self-confidence since she can include just her face (and not her body) in the photos.

    2. Phobia of Being Without Your Phone

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      We are the phone-hooked generation, the ones with high-end mobile phones flashing up-to-date features who use the phone for almost everything on this planet. There are apps for finding directions, places to eat, drink, dance, read, and see movies. And once we get there, we click pictures and upload them. The special features of the phone that allow you to take all sorts of pictures in all resolutions and views, black and white, panoramic, faded, etc has driven the world to be more selfie-centered.

      3. The “Everyone Is Doing It” Mania

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        The feeling of following the crowd: your friends, neighbors, classmates, officemates and even strangers are doing it. So why should you be dwindling away time? I had never been previously fascinated with selfie-ism (as I like to refer to it), but when I saw my cousins, friends and family indulging in it, I started to follow suit. I began to take lots of selfies and uploaded them for the world to see and eventually, became one of them. The mere expression that you are not lagging behind times is of the prima facie for clicking selfies today.

        4. Simplicity

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          Yes, taking pictures is now the simplest thing ever. Just a mere touch on the interface and you have a dozen beautiful pictures smiling back at you. Everyone from my niece, who is three, to my grandmother, who is seventy-three, takes selfies! What’s even better is that you can control the positioning of the camera on your face.

          5. There’s no one else there to take the picture!

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            When we go on trips, vacations overseas or just a pub, often, we don’t have anyone who can take the picture for us. The feeling of giving your phone to a stranger and ending up with a blurred and not-so-good picture sucks. Instead, one prefers a simpler version of taking pictures: selfies with friends, alone or with a loved one.

            6. Celebrity Connection

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              Remember the selfie craze that went viral after the Ellen DeGeneres Oscar selfie? Its net worth was estimated to be between 800 million dollars to 1 billion dollars! Yes, pure madness! But as much as it was expected,  the fans or, more specifically, the world, just blindly follows. There will be more selfies if the celebrities are doing it.

              7. Accidentally on purpose.

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                One theory of mine is that selfies were invented by mistake: imagine somebody trying to adjust his phone while in the process of handing it over for someone else to take the picture. Or maybe someone goes to check her makeup on the phone’s camera and accidentally ends up with a selfie? Quite a possibility, eh?

                8. The Selfie Song

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                  The addictive yet lucid and trance-like music of the selfie song, “#Selfie,” blew the world out of proportion with its popularity. After hearing it so much, I am so sick of the selfie song now. But we can’t deny that it took the world by storm, and ever since the song came out, selfies became even more prominent .

                  The selfie-obsessed generation is one in which we live. So should we make a fuss about this selfie-ism? No way. With everything good or bad that fades with time, so will this. Eventually, the world will have had enough of selfie-ism and will divert their focus to something much more attractive and cool. Selfies will dwindle away only to be remembered by us when our hair turns grey. So for now, sit back, relax and pose while you take a selfie!

                  Featured photo credit: Markus Bemhard via Getty Images via i.huffpost.com

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                  13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                  13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                  Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

                  Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

                  Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

                  1. Stress Eating

                  I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

                  While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

                  I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

                  If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

                  How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

                  2. Nail Biting

                  Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

                  People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

                  Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

                  For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

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                  3. Hanging out with Naysayers

                  We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

                  Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

                  Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

                  4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

                  Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

                  While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

                  Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

                  Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

                  5. Smoking

                  Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

                  In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

                  Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

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                    6. Excessive Drinking

                    All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

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                    According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

                    • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
                    • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
                    • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
                    • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
                    • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

                    If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

                    If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

                    7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

                    Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

                    If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

                    A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

                    “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

                    And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

                    While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

                    Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

                    Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

                    8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

                    There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

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                    In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

                    Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

                    Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

                    9. Watching Too Much TV

                    I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

                    Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

                    Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

                    It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

                    10. Being Late

                    Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

                    Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

                    Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

                    11. Being in Bad Relationships

                    Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

                    I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

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                    Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

                    12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

                    Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

                    Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

                    Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

                    By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

                    Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

                    13. Focusing on the Negatives

                    In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

                    Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

                    Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

                    And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

                    The Bottom Line

                    So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

                    Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

                    Need more tips to break your bad habits? Check out these articles:

                    Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

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