Profile pictures and what they mean
Last evening as I was looking at my unread Whatsapp messages and clearing them up, I noticed profile pictures of my contacts. Many had changed theirs and somehow the list seemed new. No, I am usually not that free but with VT studying in one corner and Maggi simmering on the stove, this activity seemed a good way to engage myself.
I noticed that profile pictures reflect the state of our minds. Or let’s say for most people it’s a three-step process:
- What they feel at a point in time.
- Do they have a picture that reflects this state? If yes, they change the picture on WhatsApp
- Forget about this picture changing activity and move on with life until the next significant moment comes.
While I kept on looking and drawing my own correlation over things, I found a couple of examples that ascertained my thoughts:
- Have you noticed how near Fathers’ Day, Mothers’ Day or Raksha Bandhan, the profile pictures are matched up with dad, mum or sibling?
- We just celebrated Diwali. Did you see people change profile pictures to show their best moment of the day. Like their dress, the rangoli, laddoos or the diya. A family picture.
- The moment people are back from a vacation, there is a change in profile picture. It could be them off to this place or a beautiful sunset, a lake or the mountain they trekked and sometimes the wings of the plane.
- Around wedding anniversaries, there are pictures with the spouse.
- Close to birthdays or after one – there are cakes, candles or a picture as a baby.
- With kid’s birthday or other milestones at school – there are his/her pictures or achievements.
There could be many more examples. But the point here is that for most of us if not all, pictures mean a lot. We want our profile pictures to be the best version of us. Or our state of mind.
Sharing a friend’s picture from her Whatsapp (of course by her permission) and she said, her caption for this was “When life seems completely upside down”.
Would you agree to my little research?
For Day 8 of #NaBloPoMo, this post is part reflection and part analysis.