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No Selfie Summer Challenge

The selfie has overtaken our culture over the past year. We see selfies on Facebook posts, Instagram accounts, and even in lyrics to the hottest songs on the radio. As a society, we have become more self-centered and more unhappy with how we look because we are constantly surrounded by pictures of photoshopped models and filtered photos. Rather than admiring the person we see in the mirror or in the camera that is staring back at us, we begin to look for ways that we can change and make ourselves look better.

With advancements in technology, altering our appearance has become as simple as clicking a button. Take Instagram for example – all it takes it one filter to make your eyes that bright blue or lush green color that you’ve always wanted! Although these selfies and pictures may make us feel good at the moment, the reality is that our true self isn’t shining through.

This is why I’m starting the No Selfie Summer Challenge.

Why Take the No Selfie Summer Challenge?

I admit that I’ve fallen victim to the selfie madness that has hit our society as well, which is why I’ve created this challenge for myself, as well as anyone else who wants to join in. The challenge is simple: you cannot take a selfie for the entire summer! Too hard? Try starting small and going for only a week or a month.

The goal of the No Selfie Summer Challenge is to stop focusing so much on ourselves and start focusing on the beauty around us. I can imagine that the first few weeks may be very difficult for some, especially when you see someone post a cute selfie on Facebook that you feel you need to compete with. Our inner drive to always be comparing ourselves to others is going to completely diminish, but I do hope that this challenge helps us to realize that there is so much more to this world than our face.

Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be in any pictures at all, but if you do, make sure you have something or something of value with you. For example, if you are going to the mall with your friend and are dying to take a picture, then take one together! I’m reminded of a recent outing at the mall in which a mother brought her children to the indoor playground so they could run around a bit. Rather than interacting with them and taking pictures of their activities, she turned the camera to herself and clicked literally 20 selfies in the span on 30 seconds. Have we really become that vain?

Go From Taking Pictures of This...


...To Taking Pictures Like This!


Looking at Yourself Constantly Won't Build Your Self-Worth

Remember, change starts small. Taking selfies might not seem like that big of a deal to you, but be honest with yourself, do you feel happier when you take more selfies or more insecure? Do you feel like you always have to look your absolute best and get hundreds of likes on Facebook to feel worthwhile? Let me tell you something – you are worth more than you know! Forget what society says, it is okay to have those days where you don’t want to put makeup on, do your hair, or change out of your sweatpants. Direct your desires elsewhere rather than feeding back into your own ego. Turn that selfishness into selflessness by reaching out to others and giving them a compliment. Little by little, No Selfie Summer will have you feeling better about yourself because you no longer feel like you have to get approval from social media to make you feel beautiful or handsome.


Channel Your Energy Elsewhere

Since you won’t be taking any selfies this summer, how about you turn that camera elsewhere and take pictures of some other things? Here are some ideas:

  • Flowers
  • Architecture
  • Landscapes
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Significant Other
  • Celebrations
  • Crafts
  • Animals

There are so many things that you can photograph if you simply look around. Now, don’t go overboard and post 100 pictures of the dinner that you ate on Friday because you just had to post something on social media. The key here is to do everything in moderation!

Exchange Selfies for Positive Quotes

If you don’t have any pictures to post, take some time away from posting on social media, or start posting some encouraging statuses! There are plenty of quotes that you can start posting on your wall that you can use to inspire you while also inspiring your friends and followers. You may even want to find some articles that you find interesting and share those on your sites.

Social media doesn’t have to be the enemy of us. Let’s get back to the basics and use these sites as a way to build each other up rather than break each other down!

Do you think selfies are making us unhappy?

Anabella Gutierrez on July 06, 2016:

I don't really take selfies unless I'm with my friends or with my girl scout family, but I know a few people who go crazy with selfies and I think this is a great challenge for them.

Joyfulcrown on January 13, 2015:

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I love this idea. There is so many beautiful things in nature for pictures. I didn't even know what a selfie was until last year. I also just got on instagram. I typically take pictures of my dog and food.

Tori Canonge (author) from North Carolina on June 28, 2014:

So very true TimArends! Dissatisfaction with one's self just leads to an empty life.... definitely not something I want to feel!

Timothy Arends from Chicago Region on June 28, 2014:

I agree. Too much focusing on oneself can lead to narcissism and, eventually, self-dissatisfaction.

Tori Canonge (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2014:

Thanks for stopping by everyone! I agree that selfies can become quite annoying at times, especially if it's the same thing over and over again. I think that sometimes people feel like they need to be validated through Facebook likes and comments... that's one of the big downsides of social media, in my opinion.

lambservant on June 25, 2014:

I voted no on your poll because I don't take that many selfies. I do post photos that others have taken of me with other people, like my kids, but those are not about me specifically. I have an acquaintance who is obsessed with selfies. He takes a selfie of himself almost every morning at the local coffee stand, then another two or three doing various things throughout the day and posts them on FB. One time he posted a photo of himself shirtless lifting weights. He's 60 some years old. I like the guy well enough, but I am so sick of seeing his face and coffee mug every time I log on in the morning I am tempted to unfriend him. He's a very nice fellow and I don't want to hurt his feelings. He's helped me a few times and I have much gratitude. But that kind of obsession gets to me. I guess there is some deep need somewhere inside. I don't know what it is, but it's over the top annoying.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 24, 2014:

Congrats on your nomination! Well deserved for this important topic.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on June 18, 2014:

Interesting subject and yes very well written. I do have my FB but I don't go crazy about it. Selfie is fine and could be fun but as you said, some go overboard about it. I like taking pictures of my environment though, so no need to take the challenge and even If I do take some selfies, they're for private eyes only. :)

Well deserving HOTD! Great idea! Congratulations!

Susan W from The British Isles, Europe on June 17, 2014:

Congratulations on the HOTD, Tori! This hub makes so much sense, the "selfie" craze has taken over people's lives, especially with celebs taking part too. What a waste of precious time!

I am glad you have publicized this as it is an excellent for those that spend too much time thinking only of themselves. I agree that we should be photographing nature and other spectacles because the Earth is a beautiful place! Voted awesome and shared.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on June 17, 2014:

Very thoughtful hub and challenge for the self-absorbed :-) lol. I love the bigger message about less focus on the self and more on the world around us. Good job with an original and relevant concept. Congrats on HOTD. Voted up and interesting.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on June 16, 2014:

Excellent hub! Congratulations on the HOTD. I have not been on FB in so long now, that I have not heard of this selfie thing. When there is so much going on in this world, where people are hurting and needing a helping hand, I just do not see how we can focus on ourselves so much.

I do hope many take your challenge.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 16, 2014:

Congrats on HOTD! Personally, I don't need to take the challenge, as I don't take selfies and don't understand the fascination! Maybe I should take the "I'll take a selfie of myself this summer" challenge. I hate pictures of myself, so I don't get it. There are so many more great things to take pictures of other than ourselves (yuck!) Still, an interesting article, worthy of HOTD!

RTalloni on June 16, 2014:

Well done! Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for a much needed post! Kudos to those who made it Hub of the Day. Bravo to everyone who has helped highlight it with a comment.

Tori Canonge (author) from North Carolina on June 16, 2014:

Thanks for the feedback everyone! Even if you don't take part in the challenge, I hope that you take time to notice all the great blessings that we have surrounding us every day :)

Kathleen Odenthal from Bridgewater on June 16, 2014:

I love this! What a great idea, I wish more people would sign up for it! Sharing this around in hopes that I can see more landscapes, less faces :)

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on June 16, 2014:

Lisa: How do you teach someone to take a selfie? At least it is easy to fill the frame!

Jessica Peri from United States on June 16, 2014:

This is a good idea! I actually don't really take selfies - I prefer taking photos of places or things, so I probably won't try this for myself. I do think everyone can benefit from taking less pictures of themselves and more of the world around them. I actually want to get better at taking pictures of the natural beauty around me, so maybe I'll stuck to that aspect of the challenge. Voted up, great summer idea!

LisaKeating on June 16, 2014:

Congrats on HOTD. Selfies have become in vogue because now you can take the picture of yourself and don't have to ask a passerby to take the picture for you. I think it is a great way to say, "I was here." People have always taken pictures with themselves in it. Now it has a name. It's a fad. It's not hurting anyone. As a photography teacher, I say the more photos the better. Someday these will be priceless gems of you and your friends and family or an easy delete on the computer.

ologsinquito from USA on June 16, 2014:

What a great article and what a nice message. Our society has definitely become too obsessed with self.

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on June 16, 2014:

You've put your finger on a valid point. Used to be, when an athlete had a TV camera turned on him/her, the response would be to take the opportunity to say, "Hi Mom!" You never see that any more. No acknowledgement of the other person probably most responsible for that moment in the limelight. We have become way too enamored of ourselves and we've been given the technology to exploit it. Good hub and interesting comments.

Tori Canonge (author) from North Carolina on June 16, 2014:

Thanks for the comments! It's funny because I was on the CNN website the other day and they had an article that had the best selfies of the week included.

blessedp on June 16, 2014:

Great hub @torrs13. Me, myself and I, that's how i see selfie. It takes our focus and attention from those around us and from what is happening. Your summer challenge hub is an excellent way to start thinking about others. Too much emphasis is being placed on the physical beauty.

Congrats! Your hub truly deserved Hub of the day. It is well deserved.

Continue sharing.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on June 16, 2014:

Hi Torrs13, It's godly not to be selfish. Your summer challenge is a great idea for others to include in their lives. Great Hub of the Day! Congrats!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 16, 2014:

Interesting challenge for some! Though I am not interested in this kind of obsession, but I do have a facebook account. And sometimes I feel irritated due to this obsession of others, when they will post not one but ten selfies each day.

Thanks for sharing this hub and congrats for HOTD!

Tori Canonge (author) from North Carolina on June 16, 2014:

Thank you PegCole17! I remember when getting a camera phone was a big deal... times have definitely changed. I hope that people take the opportunity to see beyond themselves as they complete this challenge! We could all be a little more selfless.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 16, 2014:

Congratulations on receiving the HOTD award. A few years ago, no one would even know what taking a selfie meant. It's interesting to see the level of self interest to which some people have gone. We used to call it Narcissistic when people fell in love with their own images. I admire your challenge to move away from our self and take interest in others.

Jasmine S from Pennsylvania on June 16, 2014:

If there is one thing I can't stand is selfies. I find them incredibly annoying and quiet frankly a waste of time and energy. I don't take them at all so I don't think I qualify for your challenge as I hate taking pictures of myself and I only take pictures of other things. Well written hub and good point to raise to selfie addicts.

Tori Canonge (author) from North Carolina on June 16, 2014:

Thanks SO much FlourishAnyway! I was shocked to see it this morning! Super exciting :-)

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 16, 2014:

I'm back to say Congratulations on HOTD!

Tori Canonge (author) from North Carolina on June 11, 2014:

I'm glad to see you are noticing people socializing more in-person, shyonegb. I wish I saw more of that where I live! It seems that the selfie is becoming more and more a thing around this part of the country.

shyonegb from Australia on June 11, 2014:

It's actually quite boring taking photos of yourself. I don't follow the sheeple and I have no interest in Facebook either. You be surprised how many people I know have shut down their Facebook and actually living life and socialising face to face.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 28, 2014:

You are exactly right. I love it when people post pics showing nature . Thanks for presenting this selfie challenge.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 27, 2014:

I recently attended a middle school sports banquet for my daughter and was bored, horrified, and disgusted when the cheerleading coach took up 10 minutes of a scheduled 30 minute awards program that actually lasted 60 to play a bunch of selfies of her cheerleading squad through the year, set to music. Instead of seeing them cheer, it was 10 minutes of teenage girls doing the duck face and sticking their tongues out. Just awful, so vain. My daughter is a soccer player, which makes it worse because she wasn't even on the video doing the stupid faces. It was boring and senseless. Oh, what are we drilling into these kids? I am so glad someone is publicizing a no-selfie summer.

Toni Boucher on May 23, 2014:

I'm glad someone is thinking about this and encouraging/challenging others to reevaluate how we in this culture spend our time and energy.

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