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Latest Sick Teen Trend On Social Media: ‘Selfies With Homeless People’

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Hundreds of young people have uploaded photos of themselves posing with homeless people across the country.

"Selfie with a sleeping, homeless man at tbell!" wrote one girl, giving a Miley-Cyrus-tongue pose.

"Oh you know just doing typical hoodrat shit," reads the caption of another photo of two girls holding up gang signs over a body.

The Tumblr “Selfies With Homeless People” is the third installment of inappropriate selfies from Fast Company’s Jason Feifer, who compiled “Selfies At Serious Places” and “Selfies At Funerals.” Feifer collects the photos from social media, but doesn't endorse anything on the blog.

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Below the photo of a young woman holding an alcoholic beverage and humping the air over a pair of homeless men sleeping on the pavement in the New Orleans French Quarter, there’s a button to donate to nonprofits like Habitat For Humanity and City Harvest.

Feifer told Business Insider the blog is a social experiment.

“One of my favorite things about social media is seeing so many people, without knowledge of each other, do or say the exact same thing,” he said. “It's like a gigantic social experiment in odds-making — why do some ideas become so common? And I think it's even more fascinating when all these people have the same highly questionable idea. Selfies are just a perfect expression of our basest Internet urges: They can be meant seriously or a joke, they're both communicative and totally self-centered, are both meant to be private and public, and prominently feature the person taking the action.”

“So I gather these because I think it's useful to look at them as a group and wonder: Why is this happening over and over?” he said.

Sources: New York Daily News, Business Insider