In the month of October 2013, on one of the best-known and most wide- ly-used photo capture and sharing applications, Instagram, more than 140 million photos with the hashtag #me, were posted.
This is an impressive number and one year later, it has certainly grown exponentially. It bears witness to just one part of the Selfie phenomenon, in other words, the need for self-portrayal, here and now, that has been trans- mitted to so many people in every corner of the world.
This primarily narcissistic need grows from the continual desire to refinend improve our image of ourselves in the eyes of others. The same year, 2013, to certify its full acceptance, the word selfie became a new entry in the Oxford Dictionary: "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website". With this possibility of having ready access to a shot of oneself, anytime, anywhere, there has been a continuous stream of faces and visages, united by the same stereotyped expressions, now collected mainly on the web, creating the largest gallery in which the most typical obsession of our time can be exhibited: the desire to show ourselves as "we would like to be" rather than the way we are in reality.