The Highs and Lows Of The Selfie in 2014, As Told By Twitter

10 December 2014, 16:20 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

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Liam Dryden

By Liam Dryden

Warning: selfies have a dark side too.

Twitter released their end-of-year stats yesterday, and one thing was clear - selfies reigned supreme.

Ellen Degeneres' instantly iconic "Oscars Selfie" was awarded 2014's "Golden Tweet", after its favourites and retweets surpassed anything else posted to the site.

It seems as though 2012, 2013 AND this year have been the ongoing Era of the Selfie; but it's finally making the transition from being considered a weird self-absorbed activity to becoming one of the most common and legitimate ways of sharing our lives.

But how much do we share, and why? Is it always a good thing? Selfies have had some new evolutions this year, and they aren't ALL the best thing ever. Here's some of the highs and lows of the 2014 selfie.

HIGH: #uglygirlsclub

After some passing guy slung the insult at members of Royal Holloway University's Feminist Society, they decided to reclaim the name "Ugly Girls Club" in the best way possible - posting selfies of themselves and turning it into a hashtag that would become a worldwide meme celebrating self-love and solidarity.

LOW: Homeless Selfies

Homeless Selfie

In one of the most disturbing displays of class privilege, a handful of teens across the US have been showing just how alienating the country's wealth gap currently is by posting gloating sneak-selfies of themselves with homeless people, who are usually sleeping. The lack of empathy for the sake of a funny picture is pretty messed up.

Homeless Selfie

Homeless Selfie

HIGH: Sellotape Selfie

Wrap your head in sellotape. Just do it.

Apparently as a spin-off from the "no make-up selfie", this trend of wrapping your head in sellotape and taking a selfie of the horrendous results was pretty short-lived, but completely hilarious.

LOW: #AfterSex

Some things probably just don't need to be shared. Humbebragging by posting selfies just after doin' it? One of those things.

Fortunately most people aren't using the hashtag seriously.


It was only a matter of time before someone decided to design a product that would help accommodate the selfie. And selfie sticks turned out to be the solution.

So while it means you might get a better picture and fit everyone in...

You look like this while doing it.

So that one goes either way, really.

Let us know if there are any other selfie trends that you love - or hate - over at our Twitter @PopBuzz

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