This past May the word “selfie” joined over 150 new words and definitions added to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary in 2014. Wordsmiths say many of the new additions to America's best-selling dictionary reflect the growing influence technology is having on human endeavor, especially social networking.

A selfie, as defined in the dictionary is: an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks.

My take is that most are dumb, self indulgent and part of the makeup of today’s youth that I may never understand but they aren’t entirely harmless.

Plastic surgeons report increased business based on young people wanting to look differently in selfies and now this--Posting a suggestive selfie may not be the best idea for women who want to be taken seriously.

Psychologists showed 120 female volunteers two Facebook profiles for a made-up woman named Amanda. The profiles were identical except for the profile photos. In one profile she was scantily clad and in the other she was dressed conservatively. Researchers ask the volunteers to rate each profile in three areas: attractiveness, if she'd be a good friend, and if she'd be a capable worker. They found that Amanda's non-sexy profile scored highly across all categories while her sexy profile scored much lower.

Researchers say there is so much pressure on teen girls and young women to portray themselves as sexy, but sharing those sexy photos online may have more negative consequences than positive. Their advice is to try to showcase your identity rather than appearance. (Daily Mail)

Reprising a bit of his role from Pulp Fiction, the great Samuel Jackson has the last word on selfies!