5 Selfie Etiquette Rules

I love people watching.

Living in Niagara Falls, I have seen so many people snap selfies in all kinds of places – some crazy… in the middle of the mall, at the airport, standing in the doorway, walking the dog, in the car, and the bathroom(awkward).

Where did the selfie come from?  The word, selfie, was the 2013 word of the year.  Popular trends in selfies include duck lips, a peace sign, and a perfectly thought out pose(or sometimes not so much). Selfies have become a phenomena – even taking time out of the Oscars.

Selfie Stick on Ellen

Selfie Stick on Ellen

Selfies can mark a near death experience.

Baseball Selfie Stick

Baseball Selfie Stick

Even the youngest have somehow managed to perfect the art of selfie taking, complete with duck face:

Duckface Selfie Stick

Duckface Selfie Stick

Needless to say, everyone loves a good selfie and our culture loves taking them. The “selfie” has been defined as many things, but it is said that a true selfie consists of one person, if there are a multiple people it is a “usie.” Selfies aren’t limited to any age group or culture; everyone from toddlers to grandma’s take selfies, even presidents and popes.

President Obama Selfie Stick

President Obama Selfie Stick

Here are 5 quick rules for a great selfie:

1. DON’T CONFUSE SELFIE FOR SELF-CENTERED.

Selfies aren’t bad things. They can be really fun (and hilarious!). It’s exciting to share fun moments with our friends by taking a picture of ourselves but don’t allow selfies to just be an opportunity for everyone to see your face. Let selfies be about more than just your face (even though your face is totally awesome). Let your pictures capture an event, tell a story, or show a fun moment.  Selfie Stick is a great way to get all of your friends in the selfie or “usie” or get more of that amazing background!

2. LIVE IN THE MOMENT.

It’s so tempting to document every single event or activity with a quick sefie to send via snap chat. These pictures can be fun, but they also have the tendency to distract us from the moment. Be mindful of your selfie taking and be sure to embrace what is going on around you.

3. DON’T BE AFRAID TO POST A PICTURE WITHOUT A FILTER.

Filters are a great way to enhance our photos. While these filters can add fun effects, we can be tempted to believe that these filters make us “look better.” Don’t forget to post a selfie without a filter and let the world know how beautiful you really are.




4. BE MINDFUL OF HOW OFTEN YOU POST.

We have all had or news feeds clogged with a selfie of the same person with same pose over and over again. Trust me, you have a great face but we not everyone needs to see it every 10 seconds. If you just can’t stop taking great shots, try uploading the photos in different locations – some to Facebook, some to Instagram some to Twitter, for example.

5. THINK BEFORE YOU SNAP.

We live in a culture where we post everything. We have to be sure we post with purpose. Don’t post a selfie just for the intention of getting likes, followers, or shares. Post with purpose and meaning, regardless if that means you “get likes” or not. Evaluate your heart before you share a selfie.