We can probably all agree that smartphones are now an inseparable part of ourselves (if you can afford one, that is), and so is the Internet. Whether that’s a good thing is still undergoing intense philosophical scrutiny.
What is not up for debate is that a lot of our socializing occurs online, and as we interact with others, we leave behind a curated “digiself” — the links you post on Facebook, the comments, the selfies. This concept is even more clearly demonstrated on platforms like Tumblr — a way to socialize and digitally scrapbook whatever interests you.
Millennials do not use social media just because it’s addicting — it’s practically a career requisite. Many organizations want to know that you are “social media savvy” — and many companies expect you to have an online presence (or personal brand). Public relations, publishing houses, journalists, even small business — it’s pretty much in every young person’s favor to be online.
-Ramona Martinez, National Public Radio
Today we ponder a profound cultural phenomenon: the selfie. Why do we take them and what do they say about us?
The NPR story we reference can be found here: