Photo booths are the original selfies. They’re what happens when you want a picture of you “having tons of super-fun! look at me!” and you don’t have anyone who actually wants to take the picture.
You mug. You duck-face. You toss up gang signs. You try too hard in an effort to show how effortlessly cool you are.
Does that mean I can resist a photo booth or selfie? No.
This planet has 1.236 trillion bones, twelve billion eyes, and six billion voices. Statistically, I’m insignificant, and that’s really hard to take. I like to pretend I matter. I want to be noticed. I want to be liked (and, well, “liked” in the Internet sense, too).
It’s just not me. Everybody wants to be appreciated.
Give a little extra attention to your friends and loved ones this season.
- Tell them they look awesome.
- Tell them their contributions matter.
- Bake them cookies.
- Bring Thai food over.
- Give their pet a holiday scarf.
- Fawn over their kids. Do that stupid thing they’re tired of doing with the kids, like reading Thomas the Tank Engine three times in a row. This will make you eligible for sainthood in their eyes.
- Call them or leave them a hilarious Skype message. (Does Skype allow video voicemail messages now? OH YES. YES IT DOES. Leave Skype messages for everyone, preferably from your dog.)
- Finish a book that you think they’ll like? Hand it over.
- Draw a picture and stick it on their fridge when they’re not looking.
- Purchase a sheet of gold stars and put one on their sweater.
- Remind them of that hilarious time when the two of you did that terribly stupid thing and miraculously didn’t wind up in the hospital.
- Take a photo of them doing a silly thing so they don’t have to do it themselves… Put it on the Internet, then don’t care if it gets “likes,” because you two have them in real life.