Oh, the selfie. It’s a thing. It’s been a thing for a while. We are in the thick of the age of the selfie. Most of us have that friend whose selfie game is always en pointe. They may have very well read our Selfies Guide. Most of us also have that one friend who tries so, so hard, but no matter what, their selfies fail, time and time again, and how. This friend may need to daily encourage themselves with our 327 Good Selfie Quotes. Either way, we all have one if not both of those friends.
We also live in an age of over-sharing, so the world wastes no time perusing the internet for cringeworthy selfies (and in our twisted way, enjoying it). We here at Appamatix are no less twisted than the next app-related website. So, with that, we bring you some brain candy: Selfies Gone Wrong — Worst Selfie Fails.
A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it. — Michelangelo
Selfies Gone Wrong — Worst Selfie Fails
So, we didn’t quite realize there were so many different ways to screw up a selfie. I mean, especially since nearly every smartphone these days has the forward facing camera, you can pretty clearly see what you’re going to get. But, lo and behold, there are several ways that people can just… mess up a selfie.
We went through some of the odder ones out there (though none of the otter ones… those critters sure have game when it comes to selfies!) and were able to put them into groups based on what the what is going on in them.
These are just generally screwed up, but not necessarily in a way that we could put our fingers on.
Let this be the first rule of the selfie: make sure everybody in the picture wants to be in the picture.
In the olden days, people procreated so there would be help on the farm and before that, help protecting the tribe. Now, I reckon they procreate to ensure there’s always someone to snap those special family moments.
Alright, so Selfie 101, your first two lessons:
1) Don’t put the camera in front of your face.
2) Make sure your counter isn’t cluttered by distracting… toothpaste.
He gets by with a little help from his friends.
We totally understand that you gotta get that angle right, but come on!
The old theatre adage goes that you should never work with children or animals — both are far too involved in their own little realities that trying to fit them into a stage scene can… get weird. Well, here are some pictures where peole tried to get an animal into the scene, but the animals all had their own ideas as to what needed to happen.
Ah, this takes us back to that first rule of the selfie from above: make sure everybody wants to be in the picture. This dog is not having it! Conversely, the way its head is pushed back kind of reminds me of people who are taking their first seflies: their arms are extended all the way out, and they are pushing their heads back to make sure it’s in frame. Maybe the dog is in the selfie, and the woman is photobombing him!
What animal is that, anyway? I don’t know, man; he’s just happy to be here. I would say this is actually more a selfie win.
Are you trying to be in the pic or not? What is this?
Your face would have the same reaction.
This must be sooo embarrassing… that camel has something stuck in its teeth.
Is This Really the Best Time?
Alright, so you’ve got a great sense of framing, your teeth are clear, you’re pretty aware of what’s behind you… but that still leaves one really important thing: timing. Know that not every event that ever occurs is necessarily something that needs to be documented with a selfie. These next few pictures are from people who didn’t realize that.
Hashtag no filter. #youhavetherighttoremainanidiot
Is it just me, or does that cop slightly resemble Jimmy Fallon?
Okay. I get that selfies can capture a unique perspective of really important moments in life, but… Well, then again, maybe this was really momentous. Here’s hoping life gets better, but if that’s as good as it gets, then at least you’ve always got a story and a pic to prove it.
And with that, obnoxious self-obsessed teenagers have surpassed crying babies on the list of “Traveler’s biggest annoyances.”
Don’t think this one will end up in the calendar.
Stop. Drop. And Roll. But first. Selfie.
He would be wearing a Houston Rockets shirt.
But really, this is a gift to the world. So thank you.
It just never really occurred to me to take a selfie whilst having dental work done.
This is truly cringeworthy. Like, I have to move on. Quickly.
At least the casket is closed.
Alright, this is a bit lighter than those last ones. The problem with timing here isn’t someone not being aware of her context, rather it’s just a sort of comic timing. Yes, complaining about traffic is about as old a tradition as traffic itself, and you will always find a sympathetic ear when you gripe about it. However, maybe you should wait to complain about the traffic until there actually is traffic. Or else, don’t wear reflective shades that reveal just how full of it you are.
Uuuuummmm…. What’s That Behind You?
The big complaint about selfie-takers is that they’re all self-absorbed. And I want to disagree. I want to. I mean, sometimes, it’s just a matter of documenting a momentous event. Or maybe you and your friends just don’t have anybody else to take the picture for you. So, I’m quick to defend the use of the selfie… until I see something like these following pictures, and I just have to wonder if the person didn’t notice what was going on in the background because they were too in love with what’s in the foreground.
I don’t know. I. I just don’t know what that person is doing on (or to) that wall.
Girl. Guuuurl. That shade of lipstick is rockin’ and literally everything else about this selfie would have been a win… but.
FRAMING! So you’re on the toilet and want to take a picture. We need to have a talk but, whatever. You are surrounded by mirrors! So you should know full well that we’re not only going to see your toilet legs, we’re going to see your toilet legs infinitely reproduced behind you!
Friends don’t let friends take selfies while friends are on the toilet.
Okay, Honestly, What’s Going on Here?
And here are some pictures that we just have to scratch our heads over and think, “what’s going on here?” Honestly, with some of these we don’t know. If you know, please explain it to us in the comments.
No. No. No. No.
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
Well, it isn’t something that happens everyday, we’ll give him that.
It’s a bit odd, but whatever floats your boat.
A for effort, man.
Oooookaaaay… this is a trend we’ve been noticing. Like, really elaborate bathroom selfies. Another trend we’ve noticed? Bros so not being into elaborate bathroom selfies.
Quick! Everybody get out your phones! For reasons that really are unknown by this photo, except to take a photo of a girl taking a selfie.
Self(ie) Aware Selfies
For some of these pictures, it looks like the selfie-taker is as annoyed as the rest of us with some of the really tired trends that show up in selfies (I’m looking at you, bathroom sinks of the world!) and so seem to be deliberately smacking down these trends by using them as ridiculously as humanly possible.
At least, I hope that’s what’s going on here. Good heavens, if half of these people are sincere… the horror… the horror…
You do have to admit that after the initial weirdness upon viewing this selfie, you gotta give him props for holding and balancing a microwave with one hand.
It’s not even funny.
This, however, is funny. I think this is decidedly not a fail. This is commitment and passion. Hats off.
Once again. Elaborate + bathroom. Multiply by Pokemon and you’ve got a very respectable selfie.
I’m not gonna jump to the conclusion of something shady is going on here because it could just be a dude, hanging out of a window, taking a bathroom selfie. It could totally be just that.
Sis, let me borrow your tricycle.
Once again, friends, the bathroom. We have ALWAYS underestimated the potential.
That’s all for this round. Did any of these jump out at you particularly? Or is there one that you’ve been seeing around the internet that you feel we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments!