When I recently visited London for the first time in almost a year I couldn’t believe how tourist behaviour had changed.
Instead of taking photographs of their family/friends in front of famous landmarks, most visitors were taking ‘selfies’ using ‘selfie sticks’.
It doesn’t just occur in London. This ever-growing madness of taking selfies goes on everywhere . . . maybe in your neighbourhood. So be vigilant!
Because selfie-takers are narcissists who don’t consider that taking pointless selfie-after-selfie of themselves in the same position is annoying to people around them. I know you like me to give you an example . . .
A friend of mine went to see the “Peter Pan” pantomime at Cardiff’s New Theatre during the last week of the run.
The pantomime was excellent, but before the curtain was raised he was unintentionally involved in a pre-show show.
Two very excitable (i.e. annoying) young women in the row immediately in front of him took at least 20 selfies of themselves using a mobile phone that utilised a flash mode, like an old-style camera.
So, every time they put their empty heads together to take another selfie he had to suffer this bright flash.
They did exactly the same during the interval. Why? So they could look at all the ‘photos later and say, “That’s us sat in a theatre. That’s also us sat in a theatre. And that one is . . . us sat in a theatre!”
The official dictionary definition of a ‘Selfie’ is . . .
“A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.”
While the dictionary definition of “Selfish” is . . .
“Of a person, action, or motive lacking consideration for other people; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure.”
Which not only neatly describes the ‘look at me’ brigade addicted to selfies, it also adds weight to my unofficial definition of a ‘Selfie Stick’ . . .
“A big piece of wood that people not addicted to taking pointless photographs of themselves every minute of the day should be legally entitled to bring down heavily on the heads of those self-obsessed individuals who are.”