This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Soffe. All opinions are 100% mine.
Selfies are a very strange thing if you really think about it. They became a “thing” around the same time that social media evolved, yet the act of photographing one’s self repeatedly is pretty much asocial at the core.
I’m not saying it’s always bad to take a picture of yourself—sometimes you might want to take a picture of yourself to commemorate a moment in time. Or maybe you makeup just looks especially nice that day. I get that—what troubles me is when a point of obsession and insecurity. I was sitting next to my cousin’s teenaged daughter recently, watching her flip through the pictures on her phone, and every single photo was of her. I’m sure she has friends—so at what point did it become all about taking photos of ourselves and not our loved ones?
One of my favorite quotes is “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It’s an old saying, but still really true and relevant in this day and age—we’re able to see what other people are up to more than ever thanks to social media and blogs, but are we really seeing everything? Of course not. We’re only seeing what those people choose to put forward publicly, carefully curated moments from their lives, so when I see a young girl combing through hundreds and hundreds of self-pictures trying to find the best one to keep up, it worries me.
Here are some scary stats regarding selfies:
I think it’s obvious that a lot of young people crave more meaningful connections in their lives, but where to begin? For starters, I’d say put down the camera until you can find a loved one to take a photo with. You don’t need to have eight hundred friends in real life—even just one or two good ones will do. Your mom, a pal, your partner. Grab anyone you’re close to and snap a picture!
Clothing brand Soffe is challenging the selfie epidemic with #TheUsProject movement. In the past Soffe was primarily known for cheerleading gear, but they recently relaunched with top-quality fabric, technology and performance. The mission of the brand is to celebrate young women’s collective strength by bringing them together in support of their shared goals—hence the push to ditch the selfies and post a pictures online that say “we” instead of “me”. And honestly, which is more fun: Looking through a thousand photos of yourself or of photos with you and your loved ones? I’d say the latter.
My latest “un-selfie” was taken with my boyfriend. He might not be a gal pal, but he’s one of my biggest cheerleaders, and that gives me strength. Even if he’s kind of awkward at posing for photos, lol.
Is #TheUsProject a movement you can relate to too? If so, share your “we” moment photo on Instagram for a chance to win some of Soffe's new apparel! Here’s what you need to do:
- Take a photo with people who give you strength and post it on Instagram
- Tag #TheUsProject and @rebeccabbird (that's me!) in the caption
- That's it! Check out #TheUsProject movement website for more info.
Here's one of the shirts you could win:
What do you think of #TheUsProject? Does the constant stream of selfies on social media make you feel weird or self-conscious?