Practicing the Art of the Selfie / Hyperallergic

“So apparently these mirrors only talk to you if you have an official Disney princess dress on or a wand in hand. Bea kept trying to find the ‘magic’ in her dress to have the fairy god-mothers come alive as other girls in their plasticky outfits came by.” (photo by Flickr user sherrymain)

“So apparently these mirrors only talk to you if you have an official Disney princess dress on or a wand in hand. Bea kept trying to find the ‘magic’ in her dress to have the fairy god-mothers come alive as other girls in their plasticky outfits came by.” (photo by Flickr user sherrymain)

LOS ANGELES — How many selfies is too many? From teenagers with cadavers and selfie-snappin’ toddlers to couples taking “couplies“ (just one type of group selfie), the selfie’s possibilities seem as inexhaustible as a history of portraiture. Is it narcissistic to want better devices for shooting selfies, or is it just human nature to want to look your best?

Kids growing up with smartphones and iPads to keep them company are rapidly snapping selfies. Brandi Koskie, a parent profiled in an article by the Associated Press, noted that she’ll often find dozens of photos of her three-year-old on her iPhone. Toddlers are attracted by the shiny screen that offers them a convenient mirror in which to see themselves. Do they understand what a selfie is? Probably not, but they do understand the pleasure of instant gratification.

Read the full story on Hyperallergic: http://hyperallergic.com/108093/practicing-the-art-of-the-selfie/