Selfies

The New iPhone Is On The Way, And It’s Going To Be AMAZING

Actually, THREE new iPhones are apparently in the works.

April 19, 2017

Justin Bieber Can’t Even Have A Normal Lunch And It’s So Sad

So much for grabbing a bite with friends.

March 20, 2017

Here’s How Social Media Is Ruining Your Romantic Relationships

You might want to think twice before posting that status update.

December 21, 2016

Girl Dies Falling From 17th Floor Balcony After Taking Risky Selfie

Another life lost to the dangerous selfie craze.

October 20, 2016

14 Things We All Think No One Knows We Do

When, actually, probably everyone knows. 

August 12, 2016

What Happened When I Stopped Taking Selfies

I calculated my selfies were taking around two to three hours a day.

March 28, 2016

Peaches Slams Kim Kardashian’s Naked Selfie Critics

“Men have never had to deal with that objectification.”

March 14, 2016

Bikini Selfies: Inspirational Or Annoying?

It’s the classic newsfeed that we scroll through whenever we are checking out Facebook or Instagram. There’s photos of an old friend who’s off travelling, someone getting engaged and a string of bikini selfies from girls who call fitness their religion.

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The bikini selfie is one that is usually well thought out. It needs a couple of key ingredients to ensure maximum likeage and comments from creepy guys who tell you that you look amazing, or worse, use a love heart eye emoticon. Gross. The key ingredients to a good bikini selfie are a great tan, a fabulous bikini, good angles and lighting, and of course, a toned body. Bonus points if, instead of using a mirror, you’re actually on the beach, laying down and photographing not only your body, but an amazing view to instil some travel envy into your followers. Extra bonus points if you tag the bikini brand and then get a shout out.

We idolise the women of Instagram who post up inspiring bikini pics with links to their latest workout plan for you to buy, because we think it’s motivational for us. We might re-gram a photo with the hashtag #fitspo and the praise hands emoji in a display of awe for these woman who actually do fitness for a living.

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The Kardashians are not shy with their bikini selfies

However, when friends, family or acquaintances post a few bikini selfies, at first we’re supportive, adding comments like: “You look amazing,” and “You’ve done so well!” But when the stream of pictures is coming in thick and strong, it’s easy to get a bit annoyed and mentally tell them to put it away. Sometimes, you even (shamefully) feel a pang of jealousy that someone who works a normal job can look like that.

Overall though, I personally find bikini selfies motivational in theory. It’s all well and good to scroll through social media and see someone in a bikini and think, “wow, I would love to look like that,” but it doesn’t stop me from stuffing my face full of sour cream and onion chips and the occasional piece of cake.

I would now like to open it up to you guys; do you think bikini selfies are annoying, or do you find it inspiring when people post a picture of their workout progress and how great they look in a bikini? Are you a bikini pic poster? Or do you just not care at all?

Images via instagram.com/kyliejenner

September 12, 2015

5 Innovative Ways To Capture Your Holiday Memories

If you holiday once or several times a year, you not only make special memories with the loved ones you are with, but you are also visiting a new part of the world that you may or may not ever see again. Whether you stay in Australia for a beach holiday, travel to Europe for a city break or visit Africa to experience a safari, you will make unique memories that it is important to capture so they last a lifetime.

Here are five innovative ways that you can use to preserve those precious memories:

1. A photo speaks a thousand words, so a main way to capture these memories is through images and a modern way to do this is through the use of a selfie stick. Long ago are the days when you took your photos, sent off the film when you returned home to receive it back weeks later and discover your finger right across the center.

Today we rarely take a typical camera as our smartphones do the job for us, with which we can take the photo as many times as is necessary to get one we are happy with and without having to ask a passer-by to stop and take it for us. As things advance we can upload our selfies, which we can now take with our selfie sticks, to our social media accounts so everyone can see what we are doing as we do it!

2. A photo album and not the Facebook kind! We all love to upload our snaps to social media and create an online record. But since we have used technology to store our photos, how often do we print them off? We used to fill actual photo album sleeves so we could flick through them and look at the original print.

A modern version of this is the photobook, available from places such as Photobox, this goes further than your traditional album. Adorn the front with your favourite snap, then customise the design and layout including text and images. The result is a book the whole family can enjoy looking through time and time again!

3. Rather than having a generic mousemat, a plain mug and the same phone cover as everyone else why not adorn your everyday items with your favourite photos from your holiday? From the pillows on your bed to the calendar on your desk at work, so much can be personalised with images that you can have items for home, work and on-the-go. This is a special and unique way to capture the memory of your holiday, and means you always have a photo at hand to share stories of your trip.

4. Photos aren’t the only way to capture your holiday! A modern version of a diary or travel journal is to keep a blog. This can be set up for free through sites such as WordPress. Document your holiday online, where you can include photos and videos if you wish, to share with friends and family. You can then look back over your holiday, so no part is forgotten, remembering not only what you did but your thoughts and feelings as well.

5. Relive your holiday through video footage. But like the old school ways of sending off our rolls of film to receive our photos, this is not footage captured on a video camera that you wait till you get back home to connect up to the TV and watch. This video can be filmed on your smartphone, uploaded to social media or You Tube if you wish for a wider audience to see. Also with apps such as iMovie, your week away can be transformed into a movie you can show the grandchildren one day.

June 5, 2015

Weekend Wit: The Wonderful World Of Selfies

Love ’em or hate ’em, it looks like selfies are here to stay. Anyone with a mobile phone can happily snap their every move these days, whether that be out for drinks, at the gym, or on the toilet. Seriously, we’ve all seen our friends post pics that let us into their secret life at home alone. Never before has photography been so damn popular!

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Now, some of us think we’re pretty good at taking selfies. There are even competitions to enter into such as the Selfie Olympics – we kid you not. So, with all this going on it’s not so unusual there would be a few fails, right? Absolutley – and it really is amusing just where, when, how and why people are happily snapping away! Here are a few of favourite #selfiefails:

Tip 1: If you are going to go as far as to photoshop your selfie, check to see if you’ve got it right. Instead, this women has photoshoped her way into making herself look like a vain fool!

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Tip 2: When taking a selfie don’t turn your back on oncoming traffic – particularly if that traffic is a train.

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Tip 3: When running with the bulls in Pamplona, one should always capture the excitement! However, one must also be aware that there may be consequences.

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Tip 4: When taking a selfie, present yourself in a way which an employer won’t reject you if you ever attend an interview. As they say: once on the internet, ALWAYS on the internet.

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Tip 5: Just a heads up, other mourners probably won’t appreciate your smiley selfie in front of their dads/cousins/friends coffin at a funeral.

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Tip 6: Food and shelter are still a big priority in third world countries. Donating phones to capture selfies won’t feed a family!

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Tip 7: Sometimes a selfie just won’t capture the intended moment…

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Tip 8: Sexy selfies totally lose their appeal with children present.

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Tip 9: If a women is being attacked in public, it’s not an opportune moment to take a selfie with a big grin on your face.

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Tip 10: Before going under the knife, always collect evidence on who’s preforming your operation.

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Tip 11: If you still have a body which would make men half your age jealous and you’ve mastered technology, you should probably go for it.

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Tip 12: If you are camera shy, you should probably stay away from the selfie craze.

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Tip 13: If you have large man boobs you can actually use them to your advantage to take selfies. Who knew?

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Tip 14: Firefighters should probably focus on fires, not selfies. Just a suggestion.

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Tip 15: When taking a glamour selfie you should always check that you aren’t being photo bombed by large people in underwear.

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Tip 16: If you get up to strange things in private, they should probably stay private. Speaking of private… What is that object on his penis?

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Tip 17: Women with wet crutches shouldn’t sit on men’s shoulders – and men taking selfies shouldn’t look so damn happy about it!

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Tip 18: When taking a selfie in front of a mirror always be aware of what your reflection looks like from behind.

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Tip 19: Taking this sort of selfie can only end up as a fail. He’s either exceptionally well tucked in, or not hiding much behind that phone…

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Tip 20: If you deep throat a banana while at work, it’s probably not the best idea to take a selfie of it. Your colleagues will most likely have cameras and you’ll end up on the internet for all the wrong reasons. Mum will be so proud.

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Tip 21: Looking good beautiful, but it’s probably best to take selfies when you’re OFF the toilet.

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Tip 22: If taking a selfie to look sexy, this probably isn’t the best way to achieve it. Props for getting nanna in on the action though.

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Tip 23: If you must take selfies in the toilet, for God’s sake flush! #EW

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Tip 24: One way to piss off your friends is to take a selfie while they on the toilet. Another way is to position the lens so it captures the pad placed neatly inside their underwear.

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Tip 25: When taking a selfie capture the reaction of bystanders for additional entertainment.

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Tip 26: Now, if there’s 2 dogs humping in the background of your selfie, at least crack a smile.

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Tip 27: Some selfies are best taken only from behind to capture the impression you’re after.

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Tip 28: The final selfie tip for today is to ALWAYS be aware of the roles that shadows play in photography!

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Images via Various Sources

May 30, 2015

Selfie Game Strong: Body Image The Biggest Loser

Has our selfie obsession exacerbated women’s body image disorders?

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Millennials, who are said to follow Generation X, aren’t called the “selfie-generation” for nothing. But has all the pouting, posing, sexting and twerking – often in a bikini – helped or hindered our body confidence?
I find it a fascinating topic: call me a dinosaur (I am Gen-X), but I’m always a little dismayed and mystified when I see someone I admire – friends included – constantly posting selfies of themselves in a bikini on Twitter or Instagram, for example.
I love looking at beautiful bodies – who doesn’t? – but is this where we are in 2015 that women have to be seen to be posting near-naked pics of themselves via social media in order to be considered successful or desirable?
Unless you’re body is your business, ala a model, why do women need to do it? Is it the psychological buzz of garnering “likes”? Do people really need ego boosts and validation, mostly from perfect strangers, via social media that badly?

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A 20-something woman I follow on Instagram, who recently launched her own business, recently posted endless pics of herself reclining on a bed, clad only in skimpy lingerie. Erm, why?!
Does popularity via social media mean more to millennials than possessing class, style, grace and good taste?
And how can self-proclaimed positive body image commentators reconcile themselves with the fact that they repeatedly post pictures themselves in little more than a bikini on social media?
Questions, questions…For answers, I consulted Christine Morgan, CEO of the Butterfly Foundation and National Director of The National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC).
Christine says the advent of social media has only worsened our body image issues and insecurities.
“Men and women are impacted by a daily barrage of opinions on how they should look, dress and behave. The introduction of social media has only accelerated and intensified these issues, to the extent that sharing images that objectify your physical shape and size is a normal activity on social media,” she says.
“I worry that users of social media platforms have intensified the importance they place on size and shape and that body image anxiety amongst Gen Y and now our millennial generation is at critical levels.
“For Gen Y and millennials, social media is their world, and can provide an unchecked unfiltered environment for those who are promoting ideal body image.
“Young people are never without a mobile device, and are only ever a minute away from checking multiple platforms to stay in touch with their social circles. Currently, we have a detrimental trend of achieving recognition on social media through ‘likes’, or by using more and more gratuitous images to solicit positive feedback from social groups. This is intensifying the need to connect social popularity with adoration of physical shape and size.”

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And while social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, could have a far-reaching positive impact on positive body image promotion, this far from the case in reality.
Christine says much more work needs to be done to build online communities of support and resilience for people suffering mental health and social issues.  In addition, she says safety practices online are paramount, as is education: teaching teens and young adults that celebrity bodies are “almost unattainable under normal circumstances”.
“Sadly, they [social media platforms] are also used to curate dangerous photos, images and information that can have immediate and devastating impacts on vulnerable people,” she says.
“These images [of celebrities] on social media can be especially dangerous when a vulnerable person uses them as a reference point for their own physical shape and size.
“Selfies can be fun, however they are having an unintended consequence. They have become the lens in which the obsession with ideal body shape and size is now judged. These are infectious by nature, and when used negatively by key influencers can reinforce a person’s negative body image feelings about their own shape, size or appearance.
“These can cause vulnerable individuals with a negative body image to descend even further and lead them to believe that their success or acceptance is dependent on having a particular body shape and size. This type of selfie culture can also increase the fear of being judged by individuals and takes advantage of competitive mentality to drive people to even more destructive behaviours.”

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If you need help and support, phone the Butterfly Foundation National Supportline on 1800 ED HOPE (1800 33 4673) or visit thebutterflyfoundation.org.au, or email its online support centre via support@thebutterflyfoundation.org.au.
Images, in order, via www.linkedin.com; knote.com; thebaccrag.com and blog.childrens.com.

What do you think? Are selfies going too far?

 

 

February 19, 2015

#MondayPerson Campaign For Beyond Blue

The #MondayPerson campaign is a workplace mental health initiative developed by Martin College to support Beyond Blue. According to John Martin: “To get involved, you just need to show us your Monday face! Take a photograph of yourself and upload to your Facebook or Instagram account. Make sure that the post is public, and to tag your selfie with ‘#MondayPerson’ and ‘#MartinCollege’ and Martin will donate a dollar to Beyond Blue on your behalf.”

Yes folks, it’s that easy to show your support to help Beyond Blue and Martin Collage with their campaign. John Martin, Head of  Martin College was kind enough to answer our questions about their connection with Beyond Blue.  He spoke about why it was initiated, what they are doing and how support from our readers and the wider community will make a difference.

Why has Martin College decided to support Beyond Blue to reduce the stigma of mental health, specifically in the workplace?

Martin has chosen to support Beyond Blue in order to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health issues, particularly in the workplace, because statistics indicate that a growing number of Australians are dissatisfied at work and unhappy in their careers. While many symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety can be debilitating, very few people experiencing these conditions seek help.

Please explain what Martin College and/or Beyond Blue have chosen to do.

Martin has chosen to donate $1 to Beyond Blue for each selfie that is uploaded to a user’s Facebook or Instagram account and includes the hashtags, ‘#MondayPerson’ and ‘#MartinCollege’, up to a total of $25,000.

Please explain how this initiative was instigated.

We began to realise that many of our students had come to us out of dissatisfaction and frustration in their previous jobs. Many of them were looking to change their lives and had suffered from depression, anxiety or stress at some point in their career. We understand that this is a significant issue, but is rarely spoken of, so it made us want to be part of a solution to raise awareness and help reduce the stigma.

Why was this type of promotion chosen?

This type of promotion was chosen because it allows Martin to support Beyond Blue financially while also getting the public involved. This element of social participation helps us raise awareness of the issues at hand, as well as raising funds toward the financial goal of $25,000.

What steps have been taken to launch this initiative?

The campaign kicked off internally at Martin & our overhead company on 24 November, with ambassadors promoting the selfie initiative to staff members at Study Group campuses across Australia and New Zealand. Ambassadors and volunteers engaged with the public on 1 December in Sydney’s CBD to encourage their participation, with Brisbane following suit the following Monday 8 December. The initiative is also being actively promoted across Martin’s website and social media accounts.

Ultimately, what is Martin College and Beyond Blue hoping to achieve?

Through their #MondayPerson initiatives, Martin hopes to not only raise awareness of mental health issues, but also to encourage people to take charge of their career and future happiness. The flexible online and on-campus study options make it easier than ever to obtain a career-changing qualification in as little as twelve months. Martin wants to put individuals on the path to a career they are passionate about; one that they can’t wait to get to each morning – even on Mondays!

What will support for this initiative achieve?

Support for this initiative will raise awareness of workplace depression, stress and anxiety, and help remove the stigma that is associated with mental health issues.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Just an understanding that if you or your friends or family are suffering from workplace mental health issues, that you don’t need to suffer in silence. This issue effects so many Australian’s and is should be made more public. We want people to take charge of their happiness and to live lives free of these sorts of issues.

Martin is an education provider offering Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor courses in the areas of Business, Marketing, Events, Tourism & Design. With flexible on-campus and online study options, Martin has been helping thousands of students across Australia get the right education and career training for the past four decades. To learn more about how Martin can help you get the job and life you want, visit martin.edu.au today.

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December 15, 2014