Jane Binnion column

This image released by Ellen DeGeneres shows actors front row from left, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Peter Nyong'o Jr., and, second row, from left, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o and Angelina Jolie as they pose for a "selfie" portrait on a cell phone during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ellen DeGeneres)
This image released by Ellen DeGeneres shows actors front row from left, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Peter Nyong'o Jr., and, second row, from left, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o and Angelina Jolie as they pose for a "selfie" portrait on a cell phone during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ellen DeGeneres)

In November 2013 the Oxford Dictionary announced selfie as their International Word of the Year.

Just in case you don’t know, a selfie is a photograph taken of oneself, usually with a smartphone held at arm’s length, or via a mirror, and uploaded to a social media website.

This isn’t as new as we might think. Apparently Robert Cornelius, an American pioneer in photography, took the first one when he produced a photographic image of himself in 1839.

Selfies that have made big news include the Obama selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial, the Ellen DeGeneres group selfie at the Oscars and of course the trend of the no-makeup selfie which raised over £8m for Cancer Research UK - in just six days.

A hoax story did the rounds last month that The American Psychiatric Association had announced that taking too many selfies is a mental disorder called Selfitis.

Certainly many argue it’s all part of our growing narcissistic society.

I don’t know about that, I think it’s pretty good fun when me and my daughter take daft ones together, even though I’m totally rubbish and usually cut our heads off.

My concern is that this means that people are forgetting safety.

I’ve seen young people taking them whilst crossing the A6, totally oblivious to what’s around them and then there’s the recent tragic case of Courtney Sanford.

Whilst driving she heard a song she liked, wanting to share how she felt she took selfies, posted them on Facebook - and moments later she was dead in a head on collision.

So please, have fun but do keep safe.