Could the relfie be the new selfie?
We are all very familiar with the ‘selfie’ but are you aware of the ‘relfie’? If not don’t panic because as we are now in a world of discovering new words for things that go on in the cyber world, we quickly discover there is a new word created each day.
In this day and age, it is very rare to go even a couple of days without there being a new picture craze or social media trend. If anything, it’s expected now.
But why do people create such things? Is it because they want to become an internet sensation? Is it because they want to gain more of a presence on social media, and have also tried this kicksta alternative to help grow their followers at the same time? There could be so many reasons why these types of crazes come into existence.
One thing we know for sure though is that they do become popular over time, and everyone will do it at least once in their lifetime. So, what is this thing they call a relfie?
Basically a relfie is a selfie but with your partner where you are lovingly looking into the eyes of the camera. But two things that we need to ask ourselves why the relfie and more importantly why do we hate it so much?
OK so what is the relfie?
A picture with someone that is of close significance. It does not need to be a partner but can be a parent with their child.
The main reason for the popularity in the relfie is to show the cyber world our commitment to another person and if we are very close to someone this is demonstrated by showing the cyber world on social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Everyone knows the only way to show someone you care about them is to post them on your social platforms. The more pictures you post, the more likely you are to get Instagram followers. The more followers, the more likes and that’s really what everyone wants.
Ok, you may be asking doesn’t the selfie actually cover this already. In fact, we are very used to people taking selfies of themselves (obviously) with an image in the background or being in close proximity of someone else so what makes this different you may ask.
A classic example of the relfie and Cheryl Cole is a fan of this as well as other celebrities and newly engaged ladies; taking a photo of your hand with an engagement ring on. Again another way of saying look at me with my big diamond ring waiting for the compliments to come flooding in.
However, we are being warned that these snaps which are regularly seen on social networking sites such as those mentioned could be a sign of a double-edged sword. While they may be showing a sign into the world of cyber that you have a very strong relationship with one another, too many of these across your friend’s streams can potentially make your friends hate you.
People tend to think that if you start posting pictures together or referring to each other in relationship statuses that you are in a very happy relationship. The message people take home is that you are happy to show off your relationship with others and talk about it.
Relfies can also give the impression to single men and women that they are happily in a relationship and they themselves are not. They are aware they have not found the perfect guy or woman yet so why would they want to be reminded of this fact every day by their couple friends.
It can, therefore, be easy to understand why the relfie is not as popular as the selfie.