The latest social media trend is upon us at last. People have recently taken to uploading half-naked post-fornication selfies on Instagram.
This new and disturbing trend has, of course, been assigned its own hashtag, #aftersex, and currently has almost 10,000 posts.
Even though the tag has mostly been applied to memes, pictures of hands and an unusual amount of people with their dogs, there are a select few who have chosen to whole-heartedly share their most intimate moments with millions of people via the internet.
If you are curious about whether or not people are actually doing this, go ahead and search it on Instagram, but whatever you do, don’t search any further. Clicking on the poster’s profile will likely provide you with even more photos.
Professor John Pryor of the psychology department teaches a human sexuality class and offered his opinion as to why after sex selfies are gaining popularity.
“I suppose one might suspect that narcissism is one personality characteristic that could be correlated with posting selfies in general,” said Pryor.
“Maybe people who post ‘after sex selfies’ are essentially bragging about their sex lives. If so, I would expect that men might post them more than women.”
Most of the posts do seem to be made by men, proving Pryor’s theory to be at least somewhat true.
In case your mom doesn’t have an IG account, she too can see your after sex selfie, as the trend has spread to a second outlet, Facebook. The fan page, where people can share their highly inappropriate photos, has over 500,000 likes.
“It’s really disturbing that people think it’s acceptable to post pictures of themselves and their sexual partner for the world to see,” said Ashley Katz, a junior majoring in psychology.
“Sex might not be as taboo in 2014, but it is still an intimate form of self-expression that doesn’t need to be shared with other people who are not involved in the moment.”
“I don’t understand how this is even starting to be a thing because it’s really stupid.”