The best way to treat selfies

They’ve gone crazy. Selfies are everywhere. There’s a song about them. There are Twitter handles dedicated to them. There are poles you can buy so you can take better selfies. They are pervasive.

Let me take you back to the beginning of selfies, when Apple didn’t provide us with forward facing cameras so we could get exactly the right angle to show off our abs. Back when camera phones didn’t exist and we had to hold the chunky £100 camera we were so chuffed to get for our birthday.

These selfies looked a bit like this:

Classic mirror pose…

Old selfie

Hello Myspace, what do you think of my duck face?

Myspace selfie

This ones a bit meta…

Camera selfie

But now we can take them all the time with the phones in our pockets and people are getting much more skilled at it. Check out this beast:

Crazy selfie

I recently heard a terrifying fact that more photos have been taken in the first half of 2014 than have been taken in the history of the world (although I have no way of verifying this ‘fact’ so it may be complete hogwash). We’re photo crazy!

So how do you deal with this selfie infestation? What’s the best way to look at it?

You need to treat the whole thing as one big competition.

The history of the world has culminated to this, a giant, free-entry, open championship of selfie taking, and we’re waiting with bated breath to find out who the winner will be.

This helps you when you’re watching someone take another selfie because you can just think: “I commend them for their commitment to this competition and I wish them all the best in the future.”

There’s no need to get irate that this picture looks the same as the picture they took last week which they took the week before that and the week before that, they’re simply putting their best foot forward into the competition.

If you are one of these high-horse non-selfie takers then they could easily turn round to you and ask where is your drive? Where is your pride? If you don’t get your act together then you’ve got no chance of winning.

Additionally, we can all help with the judging process. If you don’t like a selfie then you can often say so in the comments section. I’ve heard anonymous negative comments about people’s appearance really boost their self-esteem.

Youtube launched a similar competition a while ago to find the best home video out there – the competition is coming to an end soon so I’d better get your entries in. In fact, I think it may have already ended…

If you haven’t seen this April Fools’ day prank Youtube played a couple of years ago then you definitely need to check it out.

It’s great. Really great.

When will you next enter the great selfie competition? Soon I hope.