5 rules for taking #selfies on Instagram (if you must)
First, let’s define what a selfie is. Just so we’re clear:
1. It’s a picture with your face in it.
2. You took the photo yourself. Another human being was not involved.
3. It is shared on the internet — Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or whatever.
Now, the rules:
- Selfies are off-limits for anyone over 21*
Are you allowed to legally consume alcohol in the United States of America? If so, you are too old to go fishing for compliments with a self-portrait. Leave the selfies for Snapchatting teens who can use the word “ratchet” in a sentence without Googling “ratchet” and “urban dictionary” at the same time.
*Exceptions: Fashion bloggers, models, and anyone else who makes a living off of their appearance is exempt from this rule. So is anyone 21 or over who’s using the selfie to communicate something new to friends. New haircut: Great! New glasses? Snap away! GoofyMovember mustache? By all means, share. Same old you? Put the camera down.
- The following words and phrases are banned from selfie captions:
"Ready for bed""Good morning!"
"Hitting the gym"
"Work hard, play hard"
Essentially, ask yourself, “What would Kim Kardashian do?” Then do the opposite.