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Semantically Tweaking "Selfie"

What do you call it when someone else takes a picture of you, but YOU are the one who posts it in social media? I think an argument can be made to call THAT "selfie" as well.

Definition of SELFIE:


: an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks

Using the above definition, "selfies" did not exist prior to the advent of digital cameras; yet various forms of self-portraiture have been popular for centuries. I think the "especially for posting on social networks" is key here. Never mind digital cameras, "selfies" didn't exist until the social media era; IOW: Your image isn't a "selfie" unless it's posted for the "benefit" of others! Right?

See, it's the POSTING of the image that makes it a selfie; it has to be SHARED.

Hat tip: this editorial: Three Questions to Ask Before Posting that Selfie; Why you're posting matters as much as what you're posting.

Since the author's perspective is the mental health effects of sharing one's own image on social media, the actual creator of your image becomes virtually irrelevant. It's your decision to share it, and your motivations matter:


… Although you might feel momentarily buoyed by those people writing, "So beautiful!" in the comments of your post, any self-esteem boost you get is likely to be short-lived at best. The more you focus on your appearance, the worse you tend to feel about it…

The pictures you post aren't just relevant to your own mental health – they can affect the mental health of your friends and followers as well. We can't help but compare ourselves to the images we see in social media. If those images are constantly filtered, edited, or otherwise unrealistic, we end up comparing our insides to other people's outsides…

What shall we call posting one's image regardless of authorship? "Selfifying?"

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