Ever try to take a photo of yourself with your smartphone while both hands are otherwise occupied in a self high-five? Chances are, you might soon find yourself giving it a try. The internet is abuzz today with a new trend, the "selfie high-five," spurred by newly-anointed legend Seth Schneider, a.k.a. @TOSUBUCK, who shared his feat with the world on October 8.
As of Monday morning, the original post has nearly 170,000 retweets and 420,000 favorites. Many others have tried to copy Schneider's dubious success. But, why? It's an unholy marriage of image-obsessed photography and self-congratulation. On top of that, it risks breaking a hundred-plus dollar phone. It's like we've stumbled upon the perfect illustration of nihilism for the new millennium.
Besides, it sounds like a conspiracy by the cell phone screen replacement industrial complex...
But, admit it: You kind of want to try... just to see if you can do it. So, where do you start? Technically, you set your phone's camera app to take a photo. Then, toss it in the air and touch your hands together. There's got to be more to it than that to garner so much attention, right? Nope. Don't overthink it.
OK, Schneider's original Tweet was pretty novel. But, as you might imagine, copycats so far have been relatively ... well, boring. It's essentially the same shot over-and-over. At least this gentleman had the foresight to put down a pillow in case his parents walk in: