So, if anyone asked me to describe teenagers today I could probably sum this up in a few succinct words … the generation of selfies … and be done with it … that’s probably all I need to say and I think many of you would totally and utterly understand where I am coming from … and completely agree that, for the ages of 13 to 19, time spent with teenagers can be aptly described by this generational generated word … but hey, why do that when I could wax lyrical for a good 500 words or so to really get my point across?
Feeling sad? … oh let’s take a selfie of my faux sad face and send it to a 1000 contacts. Feeling happy? … oh another selfie to confirm said happy state to same 1000 contacts. Feeling bored? … yep, think you get the picture … no pun intended … though, admittedly, I’m quite pleased with that little turn of phrase … little smug look on my face … and if I was a teen you can guarantee I’d take a selfie of said smug face and broadcast … but, as I’m way past the teenage years, it would probably take me 57 attempts to get anywhere near a photo that I would be happy to broadcast to a 1000 contacts … ha ha, I jest, a 1000 contacts? Who am I kidding? I’m of the generation where my contacts are people I actually know and I deem as friends … so about 25!
… but back to the 57 attempts for what I’ll refer to as an adult selfie … hmm that could be misinterpreted … let’s call it a mum selfie … now I’m not one for selfies for the precise reason that if the lighting is wrong, the angle wrong, my T-zone not blotted and not in black and white I won’t be happy with end result so the majority of the time that my children are with me and approaching with iphone in camera mode saying “come on Mummy … selfie time” all you will see is my hand out in front and my mouth forming a ‘No’ kind of shape … every single time … it’s not great is it?
… but these kids today are so damn confident behind the camera … they’ve had so much practise that they know the exact angle they like, how to pull that perfect smile … every single time … so my advice to anyone out there trying to perfect the mum selfie … shut yourself behind closed doors and snap away until you get the angle/smile you like and use that one every time … but a word of warning … make sure your iCloud sharing photos button isn’t on … trust me … your kids finding a whole load of mum selfies is about as low as humiliation gets … just saying!
Disclaimer – obviously I have never ever tried this.
First published at Meet Other Mums