Dear Mendelson and Papacharissi,
Since I am a college student, I can relate to much what you are discussing in this article. Going back to MySpace days, we all found ourselves taking pictures just for the sake of putting them up and wanting to get the most likes and comments. We are all in way looking for validating from our peers for acceptance through our pictures. We all want to be told how pretty, handsome, or how nice our outfits are, all through these social media sites. How can we forget out the infamous mirror picture? People spent a lot of time in their bathrooms trying to get the perfect shot. Though it seems ridiculous looking back, at of us still do it today. Now that we are in college, you see albums on a daily basis of parties, chill nights, and spring break vacations on how much “fun” they are having when little do we know if these pictures are as realistic as they seem.
Everything on the Internet as you mentioned is a reflection of the things we want to put up. Unless we are tagged in some unflattering pictures, every move is calculated because of the image we want people to see. It was interesting that you wrote about the different kinds of pictures that college students take and the difference between female and males pictures. What you mentioned was true being that I have seen thousands of pictures on Facebook from my hundreds of friends. At the end of the day, a lot of us are being nosey and want to see what our old high school classmates are up to, and how much “fun” they are having at school since pictures really do say a lot.