Schmidt flanked by David Cameron and Barack Obama. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images
In the age of the imperial self, it seems, one markets oneself, often to oneself.
All that said, if we do not want merely to star in our own reality show 24/7, cell photos can help us maintain relationships over time and distance.
For example, my family has found informal cell pix helpful when visiting very old seniors who live in retirement homes and can’t travel much or have memory problems. We print them out, label them, and show them to the resident. Perhaps the one we took yesterday of themselves with their great grandchildren. We put them up on the door to be admired by nursing staff and other visitors. The resident is then constantly reminded of the people who visited, who they are, and why they were there.
Or one can send photos of the interior of a newlywed grandchild’s new home, thousands of kilometres away, to the tablet in Grandma’s room. Regular photos of a pet, now cared for by someone else, can supplement occasional pet visits.
As an aside, some seniors complain bitterly that they have been separated from a beloved furry companion. At some level, most realize that the animal is better off living with a younger person who can easily provide care and exercise. Cell pix would make it easier to stay in touch with how the pet is doing between visits.
Readers, can you share ways you use quick photos to help people stay in touch with each other in the comments box?
Here are commonsense tips from collections of selfie etiquette:
– From About Etiquette:
– This hardly needs sayng but one should never publish an identifiable image of a person captured in the photo without their permission of course. Apart from invasion of privacy, if that person is sick, injured, or distressed, it is callous.
– We should all bear in mind that the internet can be forever, especially for the very things we might wish to lose.