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Age of the selfie: Taking, sharing our photos shows empowerment, pride

With the proliferation of social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, there has been a whirlwind of photos cataloging people's lives, meals and, most importantly, appearances.

Selfies, most often those of women and girls, can be found within any popular social media site. The idea behind the selfie is to capture a photo in which you feel extraordinary, beautiful and confident, and share it with the world. In fact, it is an act of pride and even empowerment for those who post these selfies.

However, this empowerment is viewed by some selfie-critics as a narcissistic act of self-indulgence. Indeed, by taking a photo of yourself and posting it into the world of social media, you may give off the impression that you are attention-seeking and self-absorbed, but who doesn't enjoy the compliments and feeling of receiving a significant amount of likes on a photo?

As individuals, we are inherently attention-seeking, whether we like to think so or not. We seek attention in all aspects of the ways in which we present ourselves to society. More often than not, this venture toward attention is interpreted as a form of self-expression and uniqueness, but it still is rooted within the same soils of self-indulgence. The selfie allows those who take selfies to proclaim their confidence and love for themselves via the Internet, while redefining the ways in which society defines beauty as a whole.

A recent Dove campaign harnessed the power of the selfie to address the growing issues involving low self-esteem in teens and young women.

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