Oxford Dictionaries’ word for the year for 2013 is “selfie” and above you will find the official definition. It is crazy that the word has been around for eleven years, first used in Australia in 2002. I love the New Yorker’s take on it, Strictly speaking, the modern-day selfie is a digital affair, but it’s a novel iteration of an old form: the self-portrait. So true!
Selfie beat out seven competitors, including twerk, schmeat and bitcoin for the Word of the Year. According to CNN the term immensely popular across all social media platforms – there are 57 million photos bearing its hashtag — #selfie — on Instagram alone. Another article mentioned that the selfie’s recent meteoric rise was the addition of a front-facing camera to the iPhone 4.
I fell like the world has always been in my vocabulary but it a relatively new things. I found it astonishing that the AAA had to issue a report about the dangers of distracted driving and warned against a new trend of taking selfies while driving and uploading them to Twitter and Instagram. I am admit, I am guilty of the occasional selfie on my Instagram account but never while driving!