The selfie is our latest addiction that has taken hold of our society. Whereas self-portraiture was never a dominant genre in visual arts and was unknown until 1433, when Jan van Eyck painted himself as a man in a turban, now self-portraits are becoming the favorite category of our creativity.
Though so recent, our obsession with the selfie has already stirred up a lot of criticism from all quarters of our life. Newspapers are full of articles relating tragic stories about people who photograph themselves in dangerous situations and, having lost balance on high towers or their grip on the slope, plunge to their deaths; doctors warn us that constant exposure to phones and tendency to look askance while making self-portraits may enfeeble our vision and debilitate our brains; our folklore is now being enriched by anecdotes about blind, self-centered, and idiotic people incessantly taking snapshots of themselves and flooding with them social network.
But is the selfie indeed so reprehensible? Should people who indulge in photographing themselves be regarded so negatively? Sociologists say that our penchant for taking the selfie is considered commendable by people whose esteem we seek most — our employers. Bosses look at those who post millions of self-portraits online with favor and think of them as worthy of promotion and merit pay.
If you photograph yourselves dressing up, eating your lunch, doing your job, hanging out with your friends, and kissing your partners, you are esteemed as self-reliant, confident individuals who have nothing to hide from coworkers or your managers. Because the selfie lays your entire life open to view, it brings you to a spot light, when your bosses are considering whom to promote or reward. By showing off yourself, you win their trust.
Bosses do not mind, too, that the selfie takes time that you would better devote to fulfilling your task at work. Those employees who concentrate entirely on their assignments and sit quietly at their work places not mindful of how they look doing their job merit less appreciation from their bosses than those who are distracted from business by a desire to immortalize themselves in pictures. If you deem that your job should be thus eternalized, it must be good; those who bury themselves in work without showing it to anybody must be unsure or ashamed of what they are doing. And who knows what you are thinking, when you keep yourself so suspiciously to yourself! These people who do not stop their work to take photos will hardly advance their career.
If you want to build a distinguished career for yourself, go on taking self-pictures then. Post them everywhere and you will bath in success and money in no time.