Selfie: Electronic masturbation?

Sunday, 27 April 2014 - 7:10am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Aren't we all guilty of the selfie indulgence? However, is it just a rush to get instant likes, have more followers or does it signify something more detrimental?
  • Supermodel Cara Delevingne taking selfies (inset) Karl Lagerfeld

Recently the big daddy of the fashion world Karl Lagerfeld said that he's not a fan of selfies. "They are this horrible thing where you are distorted. The chin is too big, the head is too small. No, this is electronic masturbation."

Funnily enough, Monsieur Lagerfeld shared a close-up photo of himself and supermodel Cara Delevingne on Instagram several weeks ago. "#KarlParfums launch dinner at @harrods with @caradelevingne #regram @caraquotes," he captioned the pic.

His current muse the bratty Brit Cara had also recently shared an Instagram pic of them hugging with the caption, "Who doesn't want a @karllagerfeld hug? I ? U!"

Even the English photographer David Bailey remarked, "In the past, every journalist had a tape-recorder. It didn't make them Tolstoy. I didn't even know what a selfie was until six months ago. I thought it meant masturbation. Although of course it is masturbation of a sort.They are this horrible thing where you are distorted. The chin is too big, the head is too small," he told the Guardian.
Let's see what out style arbiters have to say.

Queenie Singh, Jewellery designer
I think it's going out of control now especially in the age bracket of 17 to 20. It's alarming to see kids buying followers on Instagram. Having said that, I'd say it's a fad and it'll pass.

Bhavana Pandey, Luxury consultant
It's a fun fad and it's about using the technology to your advantage. My 15-year-old does it all the time. She'll get a new dress, click a pic and share it with her friends. The advantage is that you don't have to ask someone else to take your pic as you can do it yourself.

Prasad Naik, Photographer
I don't take selfies so I don't really know. I think it's an offshoot of the growing social media and everyone wants to be part of it. It's fun and I don't find it negative. It's going to die down soon and something new will come.

Vikram Bawa, Photographer
In old days, people would go to studios to get their images taken and today it's a way of getting appreciation - a feeling of being liked and loved. I don't think it's about vanity because that'll be taking it to another level. Selfie is here to stay. My mom is learning to take selfie. Today people are not apprehensive about sharing their images.

Chef Ajay Chopra
Selfie is not a fad and I see it growing increasingly. It's about giving people a perspective about what you are eating. It works well for restaurant if the image instagrammed is good but if it is not professionally taken then it can be bad too.

Chef Vicky Ratnani
I think taking selfies is cool and there's nothing wrong it. However, I agree that today everyone is a chef, everyone's a photographer.

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