There’s a new bronze selfie statue that’s been erected in a Texas town, and people are not thrilled about it.

The statue, which was donated by town resident Sandy Levin as part of a piece collection, features two young girls, wearing scarves and boots, taking a selfie in front of Sugar Land’s city hall.



The collection, which was approved with no objection by two citizen committees in before its final approval by the Sugar Land City Council in the same year, was intended to depict activities that commonly occur on the Town Square Plaza. There is a similar statue of a man playing a guitar.

Some residents were initially disgusted when they believed that taxpayer money paid for the selfie statue, but the City of Sugar Land took to Twitter to assure everyone that no taxpayer money was used for the piece. They shared the official document proving that all ten statues were, in fact, donated.



Other people, however, are still disappointed by what the statue stands for.


These people might be on to something with their selfie hate. A 2013 study from three business schools in Europe confirmed that individuals who post more selfies have exceedingly shallow relationships with people. 

“Increased frequency of sharing photographs of the self, regardless of the type of target sharing the photographs, is related to a decrease in intimacy,” explains the report.

However, it’s notable that the two individuals in the statue are young females, who seem to be the most frequent selfie-takers. In an article for The Guardian entitled “Why we hate selfies so much,” writer SE Smith points out that for women, “documenting themselves becomes a method for expressing and documenting their own lives, something that has tremendous value for people who often feel marginalised and cut out of mainstream conversations.” 

He infers that young women's selfies, often dismissed as unimportant and trivial, are a way for them to voice and document their experiences and self-worth.

Erecting a statue of two girls taking a photo of themselves may not be people's first choice of a monument, but then again, things could be worse.