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Old 09-13-2014, 05:41 PM   #1
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Unhappy My biggest pet peeve ever--does this make me weird?

OK, this is kind of a rant thread but I would like your thoughts. Friends of mine have gotten annoyed at me for this and I want to know if it's just me or if there are others who feel like I do.

In a few words--people taking pictures of me. You know that one thing that annoys you above everything else, the thing that just drives you crazy and makes you want to turn into a squawking monkey and jump into a tree or something. That's how I feel when either a friend, or a stranger, or a family member tries to take my picture.

I'll be in a conversation with someone, and out of the corner of my eye I'll catch someone I barely know trying to get a picture of me--and they did NOT ask me first. And then I'll edge behind something/someone, and they'll come up to me and tease me about it. I'll be with a few friends and one of their parents will walk up and announce they're taking a group picture. I've had COMPLETE STRANGERS hold a camera up to get a picture of me.

I was at a social gathering with a friend of mine once. Someone we knew walked up and told us to pose, because he wanted a picture. I asked him not to, he persisted and I turned my back. My friend got on my case, she told me that people would take my picture whether I liked it or not and to just get used to it. She then posed for the camera, she likes it when people ask for her picture. She was really insensitive about how I felt, and I believe it even caused a rift that day over that issue.

And people will say 'oh, come on, you look nice in pictures' or whatever and I'll be thinking 'I don't care just go away you're being obnoxious. for heaven's sake, person.'

In short, it annoys me very badly. I know it's common for people to take pictures of themselves and others, but am I weird/unusual to feel this way? It hurt my feelings that my friend didn't care about how I felt. I feel strongly about this, which probably isn't normal, but SO OFTEN people have tried to get my picture without asking, and I find it just plain rude, especially when they don't ask/are persistent when you say no. Unbearably rude, even.

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Old 09-13-2014, 07:00 PM   #2
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I completely agree with you. I hate having my picture taken, and what makes everything even worse, is that people post it on facebook or wherever online nowadays. I am a very private person, and I don't like it at all. I've asked people to please not take my picture (especially NOT post it somewhere) and they still do it. They think it's fine. I wish there was some way to have some rights in this, but I don't think there's anything more to do than to keep asking people to respect my privacy and wishes. I don't know. People just think it's fine to use others as props in there photo albums. It doesn't seem fair.

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Old 09-13-2014, 07:16 PM   #3
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I completely agree with you. I hate having my picture taken, and what makes everything even worse, is that people post it on facebook or wherever online nowadays. I am a very private person, and I don't like it at all. I've asked people to please not take my picture (especially NOT post it somewhere) and they still do it. They think it's fine. I wish there was some way to have some rights in this, but I don't think there's anything more to do than to keep asking people to respect my privacy and wishes. I don't know. People just think it's fine to use others as props in there photo albums. It doesn't seem fair.
YES. This is another large part of my irritation at the picture taking, I'm also a private person, but people don't seem to care. I've also had to ask that it not get posted online, I've had to ask that even of relatives at family gatherings. I have gotten to the point where I feel I can't even go to a party/social gathering or even family reunion without someone taking my picture without my knowledge and posting on their whatever. I wish people would just be respectful of the privacy of others.
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:31 PM   #4
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I'm actually not against people taking photos of me, but I'd really appreciate it if they asked.

In most circumstances before a photo, I usually fix my hair a bit or straighten my shirt, so when people just shove their iPhone and snap a picture of my face, it kind of rubs me the wrong way.

I'm okay with people coming up to me and saying "Hey, can I take a selfie with you?" as long as they warn me instead of taking a photo. It's even worse when they try to snap a picture without letting you know. Like, they're trying to sneak a pic of you, most likely to post online.

Which kinda leads me to my next point. I'm totally alright with people posting me online, as long as they ask my permission. If they don't, I consider it extremely, extremely creepy and frightening, and I'd ask them to take it down, even if it wasn't bad.

I like knowing when my face is online, and which photo they're thinking of putting on their instagram/twitter/whatever.
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Old 09-13-2014, 08:29 PM   #5
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I definitely know how you feel. In general I don't mind people taking my photo but I really hate it when some random person takes my photograph and especially if they ask me to pose for it. My college has a school photographer that they always send out to take photos and he is the most annoying person ever. I try to get out of photos and he will still get me in them and then some have ended up on our website. Once he came into a room while I was taking a final and got in our faces taking photos of us while we were taking the test. It's so rude. If I'm good friends with someone I don't mind but I really hate it when super random people take my photo and put it on their facebooks. I want to have some say in what photos of me go on the internet but if it's someone I don't know well I can't ask them to take it down the same way I could a friend if I feel like that photo shouldn't be online. In general I don't mind my photo being online but there's definitely certain photos that shouldn't go on the internet.

My mom doesn't want any photos of her online at all and people are always taking photos of her and putting them on their facebooks (she doesn't even have one). I think it's super rude, especially since they know how she feels about it but they don't care that much about not doing it since she doesn't have a facebook to monitor it.
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Old 09-13-2014, 09:07 PM   #6
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make it clear that you dont want your picture taken!!!!!!!!!!!!! its really rude and i think its against the law to film people without their consent. a guy in grade 6 used to take his video camera everywhere with him and film people until they felt uncomfortable and he ended up getting the camera taken away. so yeah!! tell an adult or if theres none around then just put your hand on the lens so the person taking the picture wont see anything. if they absolutely PERSIST Then make sure to get their contact info so you can know when and where your picture will be put on social media.
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You're not the only one. I hate getting my picture taken and will sometimes get unreasonable and irrational over it (and I am anything but an irrational person). Hiding behind people, turning my face away, etc. I mean, I'll tolerate it if I have to, but I still don't like it.
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I agree with that. I hate when my mom takes pictures of me. If strangers came up to me wanting a selfie or a picture I'd be weirded out by that and tell them no. I can see that part of it of you being annoyed. I sometimes don't mind pictures. As weird as this sounds I don't like being the center of attention all the time I'd rather hide under a rock then take a picture or do anything else. I hate when people also think it's alright or okay to take my picture without my knowledge of it. If it's someone I know and hang around with I'll take it but if it's someone I don't like or don't know them at all I won't do it. But I can tolerate it sometimes cause ya know family and friends want pictures to remember the day/night.
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Although I don't really mind being in pictures (as long as the person doesn't try 1000 times to get the right one), I totally see where you're coming from!! Complete strangers shouldn't take your picture, anyway, at least not without your consent. People should respect that you don't like pictures! Next time someone bugs you about it, say "You're not being a very good mom/friend/relative when you don't respect my decision not to be in pictures. It makes me uncomfortable and annoyed and I just don't like it, okay?" and if they don't stop, then get serious.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:03 AM   #10
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You're not alone. I dont my picture being taken at all...
In pictures i feel like im really ugly.
But if i take selfies.... Its fine.
Im really not photogenic.
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