13 Reasons You Need To Stop Taking So Many Selfies

Do you remember a time when the word “selfie” didn’t exist? It wasn’t that long ago. Before Kim Kardashian’s heavily contoured ego and a little thing called Instagram started the selfie revolution, we were all blissfully ignorant of every little detail of each other’s faces. Now, it’s actually impossible to go on the internet and not see yet another “spontaneous” self-portrait someone just had to post. But you don’t have to be one of those people. There’s a lot more to life than your own face, so why not turn the camera the other way around for once? Here’s why you need to stop taking so many selfies.

Of course, before we go any further, it’s important to note that there’s nothing wrong with snapping a photo of yourself looking amazing. It’s when it becomes an obsession that overtakes everything you do that things become problematic. You’re beautiful, hot, and worthy of a few MBs of space on your iPhone. However, there’s more to life than pics of your own mug.

1. No one cares.

I know it’s hard to believe but it’s true. You may be beautiful, but there’s literally no one in the world who needs to see pictures of your face from 12 different angles. No one. Popping a picture on your socials when you get a new haircut or buy an amazing new coat you’re in love with is fine, but multiple self-snaps daily — or even multiple times a week — is a bit much.

2. You will lose followers.

Unless you’re taking selfies in constantly changing locations (in an elevator one minute, next to a tiger the next), your face is not enough to keep people interested. And let’s be honest — you’re in your bedroom or sitting on the couch as per usual. It won’t be long before people are clicking that “unfollow” button…

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4. The filters are a lie.

You may have figured out that your skin looks flawless every time, but you can’t filter yourself IRL. Using filters is the equivalent of magazines Photoshopping pictures until they don’t even look human anymore. What’s the point? Unless you’re using one of the hilarious filters that turn you into a T-Rex or make it look like you have a live bear next to you, give the filters a skip.

5. You did not #WakeUpLikeThat.

The jig is up. You may not actually claim that in words, but if you’re posting selfies from bed and claiming that you literally just cracked your eyes open in a full face of makeup and your hair perfectly coiffed, you’re lying. And that Beyonce song is old AF now.

6. The number of likes you get should not be directly correlated to your self-worth.

What happens when you post a selfie you spent 20 minutes getting perfect and then no one seems to notice? If you actually consider deleting pictures that don’t get enough attention, you need to check your priorities.

7. You’re missing out on worthy photo-ops because you’re too busy striking your best pose.

Seriously, your giant mug is blocking the sunset. Get out of the frame. It’s not all about you — your followers would probably like to see a great view or that building with amazing architecture more than they would yet another selfie of you looking exactly the same as the other several dozen…

8. They make you seem self-absorbed.

Loving yourself is awesome and necessary. But if you think people care about the subtle differences between your Monday makeup and Wednesday makeup, you’re delusional. There’s nothing wrong with caring about your appearance, and there’s certainly everything right about documenting a day when your face is beat to the heavens. However, doing this regularly signals a serious self-absorption issue.

9. Everyone can see through your humble bragging.

Adding hashtags like #allnatural, #ugly, and #nomakeup are your not-so-subtle way of fishing for compliments. I hate to break it to you, but you’re about as stealthy as a bull in a china shop. Pretending to have terrible self-esteem or being down on yourself when you know right well you look hot is really obnoxious.

10. Your duck face is going to get you mocked.

Do you really want to see yourself in a slideshow of the most ridiculous selfies? Is that what it’s going to take to get through to you? Don’t let it come to that. You’ll regret it. The fact that people still even do this and think it looks good is totally cringe-worthy. I thought we got rid of this pout about a decade ago?

11. You should be watching the road/the concert/the movie/etc.

Oh, I’m sure you took that selfie when you were at a red light or while Taylor Swift was doing a costume change during the Eras Tour. Of course. But honestly, don’t you have anything better to do than snapping pics of yourself while life is happening all around you?

12. We all know you took 20 awful ones before the one you posted.

You aren’t fooling anyone.

13. You should be embarrassed if you do this in public.

If you ask someone, they would gladly take a normal picture of you that doesn’t cut you off at the shoulders. You’re more than a floating head, but all those close-up shots of your face are starting to suggest otherwise. Unless you’re a bona fide influencer (and even then…), maybe put your phone away for a while.

14. Your cleavage is never an accident, but nice try.

Bonus points if you’re leaning forward, or blatantly pushing your girls together with your arms. Acting like you’re highlighting something completely different — your cute dog, your Starbucks drink, whatever — but you just so happened to catch your cleavage front and center in the picture — oops! — is eye-roll-worthy. Sorry, not sorry!

By day, Courtney is a digital marketing copywriter living in Toronto, Canada. By night, she's a freelance lifestyle writer who, in addition to Bolde.com, contributes regularly to AmongMen.ca, IN Magazine, and SheBlogs Canada. Want to chat about relationships, Stephen King or your favorite true crime podcast/documentary/book? She's on Twitter @courtooo.