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Funerals Selfies Selfish

Aww...you look so cute...but wait, is that a coffin behind you?

Aww…you look so cute…but wait, is that a coffin behind you?

Oxford Dictionaries this week made ‘Selfies’ the word of the year.  With everyone, and I mean everyone, taking photos of themselves in with and doing various things, some outrageous, some normal, I can see why.  Selfies are the norm and because of this, it’s no wonder that a new fad involves teens, maybe irresponsible adults too, taking selfies at funerals. The photos seem to say, “Here’s a shot of me being cute while the family of the deceased are grieving.”  Yes, it’s totally selfish but not shocking.  It was bound to happen.  It’s just the way things are heading. Everyone wants to post the pic or vid that would get the most ‘likes’ or go viral.  Even the Pope has taken a selfie.  Not at a funeral.  Some are calling this new trend a ‘self-aborbed low”.  I am calling it another example of how technology is quickly making us brain-dead.

Selfies are also posing a risk to drivers as some drivers are posting photos of them driving.  These selfies should be captioned,  “Look how stupid I am.  I am actually taking a photo of myself driving while paying no attention to the road.”  It just wasn’t enough that we text/talk and drive.

It’s the epitome of self-obsession.  Selfies are everywhere.  A pic of some teen complete with duckface, hanging out at the bar, at the gym, in church, you name it, it’s there, ready for instagram.

Taking selfies could land you in jail.  Yes, a couple of Winnipeg teens stole a man’s iPhone and needed to instagram their crime so they took selfies.  What they didn’t know was that the phone had an app that uploaded the pics to the owner’s computer.  It wasn’t hard for police to track down the culprits.

Even though it is not shocking or even surprising that teens are taking selfies at funerals,  it does not dilute the fact that it is wrong and socially unacceptable.  There’s a time and a place for everything, yes, including selfies.  While driving is just plain dumb.  You put not only yourself but others at risk. Funerals are a no-no.  It’s about respect, kiddo.   so put the camera down and show some!  My Take.

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