Leaders join selfie craze


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 21 Dec 2013

Commonwealth club: Lee taking a selfie with Najib during CHOGM in Sri Lanka and posted on his Twitter account.

KUALA LUMPUR: Once relegated as something done by young girls, the selfie phenomenon is quickly catching on with society at large as even political figures are now seen doing it.

A selfie refers to self-portraits taken with a cameraphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. Selfie has been named Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year, beating out words like twerk and binge-watching.

One of the most recently talked-about selfies featured US president Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron flanking Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who was holding her smartphone up, during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

This combo of pictures shows US President Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) posing for a photo with Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt (C) during the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on December 10, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on December 5 at age 95. AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT
Memorable shot: A combo photo showing Obama, Cameron and Thorning-Schmidt taking a selfie in Johannesburg.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also took a selfie with his Malaysian counterpart Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka last month.

Psychologist Sarah J. Gervais noted on Psychology Today that there may be some benefit to participating in selfies.

“This practice is interwoven in our social culture and is a way to interact socially with others,” she said.

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