Just when we thought there couldn’t be another social media site for kids to post their photos on, here comes “Shots of Me”. I mean, really, do we need another photo-sharing app? There are the regular culprits like Facebook and Twitter, then there’s Instagram (now with video!) and Vine (only 6 seconds of video!) and blog sites like Tumblr. What’s so special about this new app?
Shots of Me is a photo-sharing app designed exclusively for selfies. Just in case you’re unsure, a “selfie” is a photograph of oneself, taken by oneself. This word has been added to the Oxford dictionary as an official word, not just pre-pubescent slang. No, I’m not kidding. Yes, I kind of wish I was.
Although the app is available for free, it obviously cost money to produce. And this app wouldn’t have made it to the app-waves if it wasn’t for super pop-star Justin Bieber. Yep. The Biebs backed this app. Why? Maybe he really loves selfies. He has sure taken enough selfies in his life. Evidently, one of the features that Justin was really drawn to about the app was the inability to leave comments.
That’s right. Justin liked that other users can only follow each other, but not actually share their opinions of the photos. He has certainly had enough internet-haters, but this app speaks to a bigger internet issue.
There have been many cases of teens and pre-teens being driven to suicide by the beating that they take on the web. It is constant and unrelenting, not easily prosecuted, and not exactly discouraged, either. By having an app that doesn’t use comments, the bullying will be kept to a minimum on the site.
That being said, you can share the photos on Twitter, where they could be commented on, I suppose.
The psychology of selfies
Though some might think that selfies are just a way for kids to act conceited, the “selfie trend” on the internet has definitely done some good. Instead of being surrounded by altered images of super-tall, skinny models, the web has been flooded with photos of regular people showing off their own beauty.
Obviously, some people only post attractive selfies, but most are just normal people, sometimes making silly faces. They are battling the mainstream media image of beauty, one snapshot at a time. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
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