Ladies, Let’s Vow To Stop Posting These 12 Types Of Selfies—They’re Really Unhealthy

Everyone wants to post the perfect selfie, but in our quest to achieve this, we might actually be making ourselves look bad while also destroying our mental health. Here are 12 selfies that need to stop!

  1. The over-filtered selfie You know the drill. You upload a selfie to Instagram but you’re not happy with it. The lighting is wrong, your nose looks big, and you just want to look more like a Kardashian basically. So you use filter after filter and by the time you’re done, you don’t even look like yourself. How is that a good thing?!
  2. The kissing selfie Most people have at least one selfie in which they’re blowing a kiss to the camera. While this can be cute, doing it too much it can also be annoying, especially because it’s often an opportunity for people to show off their duck pouts. Ugh. I thought we were over that?!
  3. The “hot dog legs” selfie You’re in an exotic location, having the most amazing holiday, so you want to share a selfie on the beach and you decide to take a picture of your legs as they’re long and tan in front of you. While this might seem like fun, the truth is that legs in this type of selfie often end up looking like hot dogs, hence the “hot dog selfie” name. There’s nothing attractive about them from that angle and honestly, this selfie’s been done to death. Bor-ing!
  4. The no-makeup selfie Regular people and celebrities alike love to post selfies of their glowing and healthy skin, but unless they’re just naturally makeup-free and digging it, this selfie trend has become a bit of an unhealthy obsession. The intense need to look perfect has to stop! Who cares if your natural skin isn’t perfect? No one’s is and everyone gets a zit from time to time. It might stroke your ego to make your followers think your skin is flawless, but what’s the payoff really?
  5. The fake laugh selfie You’re laughing in your selfie but no one’s actually in the room with you. Your friends and followers don’t have to know that, though. They might think some awesome person made you belly-laugh and you’re having a great time. Why do we feel the need to show people we’re always having the time of our lives? It’s unrealistic and puts so much unnecessary stress on ourselves.
  6. The “bedfie You’re taking a selfie while lying on a bed. It’s a bedfie, get it? Although you’re trying to look sensual and mysterious by gazing into the camera with slightly groggy “I just got out of bed” eyes, you might end up looking weird or like you’re sick in bed. It’s clearly staged, and even more so if you’re wearing makeup. Just don’t buy into this silliness. It makes you look starved for attention.
  7. The moody selfie If you’re trying to channel your inner angry celebrity to get this look right, stop trying so hard. Selfies in which you look like you’re trying not to lose your cool or you’re thinking about something sad make you seem like you have issues. Why feel the need to post a selfie when you’re having a bad day anyway? Is the negative attention better than none? That’s sad.
  8. The grainy selfie Everyone’s jumping on the grainy selfie train. This is basically when you use a filter that gives your selfie a grainy effect so it looks like it’s vintage. The only problem is that it looks blotchy and of low quality. Why post it? What’s unhealthy about this is if it’s the perfect way for you to post a selfie that you don’t like but hope will get you some likes anyway. Or, if you post these types of snaps to show the world you’re creative. Ugh.
  9. The “blurry on purpose” selfie If you don’t like how you look in photos, you might rejoice at the trend of making your selfies look blurry AF on purpose. Um, what’s the point of taking selfies if no one can really see that it’s you? Forget that. We should be embracing our real looks and be proud of them.
  10. The naked selfie There’s nothing wrong with showing off your butt to the world, but just because Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga bare it all to the world doesn’t mean this is a selfie trend that shouldn’t die a quick death. It’s tacky and makes you seem like you’re trying too hard to show the world your assets. Save some mystery!
  11. The “just got back from the beauty salon” selfie You can do loads of different things to your selfies these days with apps to help you get more likes but going OTT can seriously backfire. You might use an app to make your hair look thicker and your eyeliner more pronounced or your cheekbones more defined. But here’s the thing: even if you’re a whizz with the digital beauty wand, people can usually tell that you’ve gone to town with the edits. It makes you seem insecure and desperate for attention.
  12. The “fingernail biting” selfie If you want to take a selfie of yourself biting a (perfectly manicured) fingernail, think before you upload it. While you might strive to look sexy and pensive, it can make you seem like you have a nervous habit. Plus, it’s an obvious way to get attention and you don’t need that. Now, stop taking so many selfies and just go out and have real, unfiltered fun.
Giulia Simolo is a writer from Johannesburg, South Africa with a degree in English Language and Literature. She has been working as a journalist for more than a decade, writing for sites including AskMen, Native Interiors, and Live Eco. You can find out more about her on Facebook and LinkedIn, or follow her on Twitter @GiuliaSimolo.