Why People Should Stop Taking Self Portrait Photos In The Bathroom Mirror

I don't understand this craze of young people taking photos of themselves with their phones in mirrors. Maybe it's because I'm old enough to remember when people used to go to a special photography lab for family photos only once every two years and the camera was the size of a refrigerator and you had to stand in front of it for an hour while the film processed your image. The flash was so intense it gave everyone cataracts.

This phenomenon of young folks taking "selfies", (self portraits in a mirror, usually the bathroom) seems absolutely absurd. Whatever happened to getting your uncle to photograph you in the bathroom like the good old days? Whenever I see one of these "selfies" it always seems like the person is saying "Hey look at my new phone!" If you're taking a picture of your phone then that's fine, that makes sense (not really), but holding your phone within your portrait just looks ridiculous.

People never used to do this back in the 70's, 80's, and 90's. If you saw a photo that someone took of themselves in 1980 with a camera in their bathroom mirror, you and the guy at the photo lab would rightfully consider that person mentally ill. What has changed? Is this a side effect of all the plastics, pesticides, and toxins getting into processed foods? It would certainly appear so.

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