Making its way into our collective consciousness is the #aftersex selfie which has couples attending to some after thought memorable moments in pictorial glory.
The trend has lent itself to couples sharing some of their post coital bliss on instagram and the results are more than some of us are perhaps willing to fathom. But then again this is the age of the voyeur where validation and affirmation on social media is the name of the game.
In trying to explain the new trend of sharing what principally used to be intimate moments between one lover and the other (as opposed to the whole world) Dr Chris Chesher, lecturer in digital cultures at the University of Sydney, has told the phenomenon of over sharing is a new one which is expanding as more people attempt to use new and unfamiliar platforms of social media.
Tells Dr Chester: ‘What happens when new cultural platforms come along, is the norms with how they should be used don’t exist until people start using them,’
‘Platforms like Facebook have been around for several years, so expectations on how it should be used have been gradually established.
‘We’re coming into new faze when early adopters are more sensitive to the norm conditions of new platforms, but the problem with a widening base of users is that people coming to platforms now aren’t aware of the risks of over sharing.’
Other popular hashtags which have been the subject of public scrutiny include the self explanatory ‘Selfies with Homeless People‘, and #funeral, in which posters take selfies of their faces and outfits, often with sad or somewhat confused facial expressions while tacking the hashtag on the end.
Dr Chesher said he suspects that these controversial trends are a deliberate breach of taboos.
‘I guess what happens is that when we have a kind of breach of conventions on what is a private topic or image, that becomes perceived as abuse of medium and it achieves what perpetrators set out to do, which is to cause a moral panic or reaction against it,’
Dr Chesher says the trend’s popularity is a practical response to wanting to control your own image.
‘It’s about having complete control over the production of your own image, as opposed to someone taking photo of you and having control over it, or asking someone to take a photo and then asking them to delete it.’