KUALA LUMPUR - Once relegated as something done by young girls, the selfie phenomenon is quickly catching on with society at large as even political figures are now seen doing it.
A selfie refers to self-portraits taken with a cameraphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. Selfie has been named Oxford Dictionary's word of the year, beating out words like twerk and binge-watching.
One of the most recently talked-about selfies featured US president Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron flanking Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who was holding her smartphone up, during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also took a selfie with his Malaysian counterpart Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka last month.
Psychologist Sarah J. Gervais noted on Psychology Today that there may be some benefit to participating in selfies.
"This practice is interwoven in our social culture and is a way to interact socially with others," she said.