Thursday, October 26, 2017

Selfie tips to be considered before you share on social media

Selfie is aptly defined by Oxford English Dictionary as “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media”. 

The definition implies the sharing as an important aspect of selfie.  Practically, all the “How to’s” are dealing with taking a selfie but hardly any “How To” on important  aspect of cares to be taken before sharing a selfie on social media. 

Sharing aspect is equally important as “A picture is worth thousand words” and more so, as the saying goes, “You are a slave to your spoken words”. 

One would do well to take care of the following tips before sharing a selfie on social media:

  1.  Selfie would not just be viewed by intended audience but also by unintended audience, may be known or unknown to you.

  2. Viewer will gaze the selfie and evaluate it as per his/her mental frame and would perceive you as he/she wants to perceive you rather than what you intended.  

  3. Definition of “Propriety “is highly fluid depending upon culture, religion, education, age, social relation, etc. However, there are certain basic standards of behavior universally accepted as “good” or rejected as “bad”. Who would love a selfie depicting a person beating a dog mercilessly? 
  4. Many persons have an impulse to show off their material possessions. Adopt a “decent” way of showing off your material possession. Your selfie with a car dealer with your car in back ground will earn you more Likes than your selfie flaunting you astride on the hood of the car. 

  5. There is a scope (though very little) of your image being morphed or mimicked and misused. Keep in touch with social media to check whether your selfie is abused and boomeranged. 

  6. “Ati Sarvatra Varjayet” (refrain from excess of anything) says a proverb in Sanskrit (the language of Indian scriptures and sages). Do not share too many selfies. Do not share too often. 

  7. Respect the privacy of others. Do not share any selfies which includes any person without his/her wish in your selfie.  

  8. Do not share any selfie which insults Nationals Emblems/ insignia or offends the elders, the aged, kids, pets and animals.

  9.  Barring a few sad incidents, a smile is a universal ornament to liven up your personality. For sharing, prefer a selfie with a genuine brimming smile.
  10. Sharing a selfie is a serious action. Do it after careful consideration otherwise it may earn many “Likes” from unknown people and “Dislikes” from your known people.

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