Selfie absorbed

April 10, 2015





News Editor


Ever since I got a cell phone, I have heard a common phrase: “You’re always on your phone.”


At first I figured this was just a harmless fascination with acquiring access to a cellular device, but in the past few years it bothered me as it was been brought to my attention more.


I do not want to be known as the girl who was ALWAYS on her phone.


Also, with the invention of social media, society has changed tremendously.


We have access to multiple links of communication at our fingertips at any time.


Our generation seems to preach outreach, world peace and knowledge most of the time, yet we are caught up staring at our own face or cell phone screen.


While each generation has its flaws, ours is only being encouraged and given the tools to continue in this selfie-crazed satisfaction lifestyle.


Yeah I know, “it is just a selfie” or a commonly used app, but when it comes down to it, are these things really worth all of the time we put into them?


Do we really want to look back on our lives and remember all these great moments through the selfies we took or the time spent scrolling through instagram?


Not all of these things are bad and can be useful, but it seems almost laughable there are inventions such as “selfie-sticks” and YouTube tutorials on how to take the perfect selfie.


These things only seem to feed a narcissistic society.


I admit, sometimes when feeling bored I automatically resort to checking or going on my phone out of habit.


But when I see a picture of myself or someone else on their cell phone or taking a selfie amongst a group of people, it honestly looks flat out weird.


Here is a person staring at himself or herself while surrounded by other people. Or groups of people are together, yet they are all on their cell phones.


It seems as we are gaining tremendous social media presence; we are, in a way, losing face-to-face social contact.


Is this what we want our generation to be known for? I sure do not.


I want to start seeing the world through my own eyes, not my own face staring back at a picture of myself or my own cell phone screen.


Ellie Moslander is a junior journalism major from Albuquerque who serves as news and associate multimedia editor for the Tech Talk. Email comments to emo012@latech.edu.


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