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Too Old for Selfies?

(38 Posts)
annodomini Wed 18-Mar-15 17:34:14

I was flabbergasted at the weekend! I just happened to mention having taken a selfie and my 12-year-old GD gasped and blurted out, 'Old people don't take selfies! They're for young people.' Her parents and I couldn't stop laughing - she was so indignant! Anyway, she just has to put up with the notion that grannies are indeed capable of taking selfies - and even possess smart phones with which to take them. shock

HildaW Wed 18-Mar-15 17:36:26

Its just the modern version of all those daft pics we used to take whenever we saw a photo booth at a train or bus station.

Ah.....memories.....where are you now Sue Harris?

rosesarered Wed 18-Mar-15 17:40:21

Ah, well, young people think that anyone over thirty is past it, so it's not surprising, good to remind them though, that we can do anything we like!

janeainsworth Wed 18-Mar-15 17:45:30

I'm sure she was secretly impressed anno grin
You know you're old when your 11-month old DGS stares intently at your neck for several seconds and then amuses himself by plucking at the folds of crepe-y skin shock

Anne58 Wed 18-Mar-15 17:57:40

I think that there used to be a sort of idea that every generation thought that they had invented "sex and drugs an rock and roll" (Sorry Ian) Perhapd the selfie is the new.................

Re my comment up there, I do smile at the memory of a young friend being asked to look after her Uncles pot plants while he was away.......wink

janerowena Wed 18-Mar-15 18:21:20


Gransarethebest Mon 27-Jul-15 17:57:06

Hilarious, that made me laugh out loud!

Gransarethebest Mon 27-Jul-15 17:59:34

Sorry that comment was meant for Janeainsworth

shysal Mon 27-Jul-15 18:18:33

I have taken selfies, but look awful in them. I tried the model's trick of pressing my tongue to the roof of my mouth to lift the neck, but there are wrinkles galore!

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 27-Jul-15 19:08:17

I love this!!!

(I look scary in selfies but no, never too old. DGD should be impressed with your tech know-how)

Lona Mon 27-Jul-15 19:15:41

I always take a selfie or two when I've had my hair cut so that I can look back and decide if I really liked it or not! They're always ghastly!

jinglbellsfrocks Mon 27-Jul-15 19:43:36

I rarely bother with selfies myself, but DD always insists on some of her and me together when we are on holiday (as we are now actually) The things that put me off are my chin and my wrinkles.

Yes. I am too old to do it quite honestly.

annodomini Mon 27-Jul-15 19:44:59

I'm not saying my selfies were brilliant, and subsequent ones were considerably worse, but I defend my right to take them! Am trying to upload my selfie taken in Blue Peter Studio on visit to Media City, though not sure having any success. Apparently it's the wrong file type. What would be the right kind?

jinglbellsfrocks Mon 27-Jul-15 19:45:08

Sometimes ageism can be justified.

jinglbellsfrocks Mon 27-Jul-15 19:46:33

shock That last post wasn't directed at anno! blush

thatbags Mon 27-Jul-15 19:47:09

If whatever "it" is is justified, then I don't think it can truly be called ageism. Isms are usually based on prejudices or mistaken beliefs.

jinglbellsfrocks Mon 27-Jul-15 19:49:27

Oh. Right. (wanders off to have a deep and meaningful think about that)

thatbags Mon 27-Jul-15 19:50:45


janeainsworth Mon 27-Jul-15 20:25:44

Anno Save your selfie as a JPEG, it should be ok.

Judthepud2 Mon 27-Jul-15 23:57:22

No no no no! I don't do selfies. Not photogenic and would ruin anyone or anything I included! And frankly, why would I want to? More interested in people and places rather than myself. As for the 'pout', why?
My Instagram account is full of people posing in front of mirrors or pouting
to camera. I find it annoying. But everyone is entitled to do it.

Now, photobombing is much more fun! Even the Queen enjoys that grin

Elrel Tue 28-Jul-15 10:44:26

The first selfie I took was to show GS I'd appropriated his discarded fedora on a very hot day. Next was among the orchids at wonderful Wisley when a GC had left my phone on selfie and I couldn't change it.
What really disconcerts me is being skyped. A beaming GC appears when I have thrown on something disreputable, or am in my nightwear, sans everything which makes me ready for the day. By the end of the chat I'm delighted they got in touch but my initial thought can be: not now, please! Skype is a definitely a mixed blessing!

Pamish Tue 28-Jul-15 11:46:53

The reason selfies look so horrible is that phones have wide-angle cameras (get-it-all-in) so you have to use them close up. The goldfish effect that results does no-one any favours. (If you look at someone from a foot away, they do have the goldfish effect - it's just that your brain sorts out the 'distortion').

Selfies are to portraits as reality TV is to documentary.

mcculloch29 Tue 28-Jul-15 12:21:34

For various reasons I've had to take quite a few selfies in recent years and I'm getting rather good at it.
Initially, I discovered that I could upload a selfie to the county council website to renew my Blue Badge for disabled parking. I stared into the middle distance and clicked; the subsequent selfie makes me look as if my disability is severe visual impairment, with a completely unfocused gaze. Things improved slightly and my skills are a bit better now.

I am the proud owner of a selfie stick, (I review things on Amazon and a seller sent me a free one in return for a review). So far it's just been used in the house, but who knows? I may yet take it out and about.

I've always wished that I had more photographs of my family, especially my parents and siblings.
Well, the digital age has meant that I have quite a few of my grandchildren and great nieces/nephew. With the exception of the pouty poses that young women (including my 14 y.o. grand-daughter) INSIST on pulling, selfies are not a bad thing.

Just yesterday, I saw a lovely one of my Estonian cousin and his wife on Facebook, taken 2 days before, it was great to see them looking so well.

rubylady Wed 29-Jul-15 13:28:22

I have took selfies, on my birthday, with my doggie. I was born at 5 am so last year on my 50th, there we were in the garden at 5 am, blanket, brew, cigarette (smoking then), and my doggie, watching the sun rise. I took a selfie on exactly 5 am on the dot. It was a lovely moment.

This year, last Thursday, when it was my birthday, we had another selfie done, just us two. I do have to have my nightie on though, lol. I did last year and so it's compulsory now. I can compare as I age and see how I am getting on with looking so youthful and attractive, in my nightie, lol. grin

rubylady Wed 29-Jul-15 13:28:57

Sorry for looking so serious, lol.