PSA: Your Face Doesn't Need To Be In Every Single Picture You Take

by Connor Toole

About a year and a half ago, I spent way too many words chronicling the rise and fall of the selfie, a short-lived fad you might not even remember where people seemingly couldn't take a picture of something without inserting their face into the frame...

That would have been a fantastic way to open this article if I had been correct in proclaiming the death of this self-indulgent trend, but it would appear I severely underestimated the number of people who would see a selfie stick in the wild and think, "I need to buy that!" instead of "Why?."

If you detect any bitterness, it isn't the result of the selfie making me look stupid -- I know there are certain situations it can come in handy, like when you need to ask a friend if your outfit shows enough cleavage or, from personal experience, to make sure your double chin is obscured.

Selfies are also an invaluable tool for the "drop everything and travel" crowd, who love posting pictures to remind other people how much fun life can be when you have parents who are willing to support you in your mid-20s.

However, it's one thing to pop your head into the shot to prove you went somewhere... it's another to basically ignore that somewhere entirely so you can be the focus of every single picture you take.

This girl really captured the sheer majestic beauty of the Eiffel Tower. It's truly unlike anything else I've seen before.

There's one head in this photograph I care the least about, and for some reason it takes up half of the frame.

It takes an impressive amount of skill to take a selfie at Mt. Rushmore and somehow manage to forget the whole "Mt. Rushmore" thing.

I heard a rumor that the Hollywood sign is hidden somewhere in this picture. Maybe he should have used the camera that zooms to take it.

I like this because it could have been taken in front of Stonehenge or a random wall and no one would be able to tell the difference.

There's also only one head in this picture I'm interested in, and it's not the one in focus.

If I wanted to see Eminem do his best impression of the Mona Lisa, I'd just look at every other picture of Eminem.

Samuel L. Jackson seems to understand the general concept of not hogging the screen, but his strategy might make things even worse.

However, his photos have inspired me to invent what has become my new favorite game: Samuel L. Jackson's Face or A Person's Knee?

This is the kind of picture that would actually be nice to hang above my mantle (if I could ever afford a mantle), if it weren't for the person unnecessarily inserted into an otherwise idyllic scene.

Sadly, Samuel L. isn't the only person who insists on turning scenic shots into self-portraits.

Here's a guy putting the "Yo" in "Yosemite."

Wow. That canyon truly is grand (and definitely the reason this picture was taken).

I don't think any of these people captured the true beauty of nature like this couple at Niagara Falls.

It looks like a truly amazing place to visit.

Please selfie responsibly.