Who do we love? Ourselves, methinks. The usage of the word “selfie” has increased over 17,000 percent in the last two years, according to the editors of the Oxford Dictionaries. Scrabble considers it a valid word (only 9 points, though).

For years, my idea of taking a selfie was leaving my house without the kids. But now I know better. A selfie is a self-portrait taken with a mobile device. And it’s not as easy as it sounds. To get a good one you need arms like a gorilla, remember to shoot from above (unless you like nasal hair photos), and pray for perfect lighting conditions. Sickly green skin, noses as wide as the Grand Canyon… just Google “Taking Better Selfies” and you get 12 million results, so clearly it’s not just my problem.