“On behalf of humanity, you are hereby fined $1 per selfie on charges of self-obsession. All the money goes to fund education for kids who can’t afford college, let alone a $600 self-indulgence device. Donate and join us. Police your friends. There’s a lot of work to be done. Together we can turn vanity into charity.” ~ The Selfie Police’s booking statement
The antiselfie wants to laugh and cry at the same time, as it reads about the Selfie Police.
The Selfie Police is a new program that rides on people’s self-confessed, unabashed vanity to raise funds for impoverished kids who can’t afford to go to college, reports Elite Daily.
It’s so simple, it’s brilliant. (Laughcry here.) For every selfie you snap, you donate a dollar to help poor kids go to college.
The program is of course, voluntary. With the bajillion selfies taken around the word every single day, there really is potential for raising bajillion dollars.
“When we first came up with the idea we were trying to think of how to engage our generation in giving. It’s tricky because we’re such a selfish generation, so the question we asked was not how do we make our generation charitable, but how do we turn selfishness into charity. That’s where Selfie Police was born.” Chas Barton told the Norwich Bulletin.
“We want to engage our generation in helping other kids our age dealing with the same sorts of issues, trying to go to college and school, but who just don’t have the same opportunities we do.”
The concept is praiseworthy. But at the risk of sounding like an obstructionist harpie, the antiselfie has a few observations about this scheme.
First, we reiterate: we LOVE raising funds and helping others. Especially underserved kids aspiring for higher education. In fact, this is the antiselfie’s advocacy, when we aren’t blogging about selfies and antiselfies.
BUT we just aren’t too sure about encouraging the principle of giving to look good, which the Selfie Police seems to be promoting. This program seems to say, it’s okay to be addicted to selfies (translation: narcissistic) as long as you help poor kids?
It’s kind of like drinking. Do you drink in moderation, and know when to stop, or do you regularly stumble out of the bar and black out? Will it make things better if you donated money but continue to have a drinking problem? Probably not.
Let’s pause here for a little self-diagnosis: Do you take selfies in moderation, or do you expend quite a bit of energy on selfie taking and posting? Do you post selfies to get a buzz? How often do you need that high of people liking and commenting on your selfie?
We here at theantiselfie believe, selfie addicts just need a little intervention.
We suggest that instead of using your energy for one selfie, why not instead practice a little kindness? It’s a practice in restraint and proactively reaching out to others in kindness.
We believe that once a selfie addict experiences the genuine fulfillment that springs from having an attitude of “What can I do for you? How can I help you?” instead of “How will this make me look good? How can I attract more and more attention to me?”–then the selfie addiction will naturally taper off.
Yes, let’s raise funds so poor kids can go to college.
But let’s also help ourselves and wean ourselves away from our growing addiction to self and selfies, and start genuinely doing something good for its own sake.
No money needs to be involved, because kindness comes free.
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