Google started as a research project in 1996. It “officially” became synonymous with “online search” in 2006, a decade later as it joined the Merriam Webster dictionary.
However, “selfie” has had a much quicker uprising. Although “self-portraits” have been around for hundreds of years, the actual term “selfie” started trending in 2012, according to Time Magazine. By 2014, a mere 2 years later, it was added to the Merriam Webster dictionary.
Have we become a society that needs validation from the tribe to accept something as true? Do we need tribe validation to prove self-worth? Is that why a word based upon first-person views became a cultural norm so much quicker than a third-party term?