Selfie craze is all time high across the world irrespective of the status of the country whether it belongs to the third world or developed. The word “Selfie” was not even found in Dictionaries four years ago. It was not much popular until 2014, but no one seems to be ignorant today. In parties, events and everywhere, we keep hearing people of all age groups saying, “Hey, let’s take a selfie.”
Just a few years ago, there were no smartphones with front-facing cameras, and people used to capture their photos from the basic rear camera of their phones. Sony Ericsson was the first ever company to bring a selfie camera in a mobile phone, and now, almost every smartphone features a front facing camera.
Then, VGA selfie-cameras were introduced by some big companies such as Nokia, Samsung and Motorola.
After the development of smart operating systems like iOS and Android, almost every smartphone company adopted the feature of selfie camera, and now we are at the stage, where even front cameras feature high-definition video capturing modes.
With the release of Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, a new term “grandfie” (grand selfie) was introduced last year that can accommodate a group of people which is very much contrary to what was a norm earlier.
Soon afterwards, Chinese smartphone company Lenovo launched world’s first dual-selfie camera phone.
While there are many advantages of capturing selfies, there certainly are disadvantages attached to it. Some recent reports suggest that the phenomenon has caused more damage to the social and mental lives of people than what they could gain in return.
Disadvantages of selfie
Psychological issues: According to the latest research by a team of psychologists (Fox and Rooney) from the US, people who take a lot of selfies per day have some psychological problem, they have an exaggerated interest in admiration of themselves and their physical appearance. The research says they are selfish as well. Selfie craze is a new kind of social sickness.
In the research, it was also revealed that the women take more interest in taking selfies than men. The people who take a bunch of selfies are also found to be proud of their appearance.
According to the study, the people who post their selfies on different online social networks have a problem of being praised by others. They seek attention and always pose in weird and unnatural styles in their photos for taking the attention of their friends and getting more “likes”.
In another study, American Psychiatric Association says “if a person takes three selfies in a day (especially the ones with duck-faced), then he or she surely has some mental disorder.”
This addiction of taking selfies grows with time.
There was a British boy of 19-year, who reportedly used to take 200 selfies per day, and he had lost his weight and got many kinds of health problems because he was so involved in capturing selfies that he stopped looking after his health, he did not care to eat food or do any normal activity. All he cares about was how to get a unique picture of himself. One day, to capture a unique selfie, he planned an unbelievable pose.
What was this pose? He planned to take his selfie while doing suicide. But he failed to suicide because he was too busy to fix the view of his selfie camera. He ends up in a mental therapy clinic.
When questioned by a news website about this kind of selfie, he answered,
“I was regularly in search of taking the best selfie and when I realized I couldn’t, I planned to die. I lost my friends, my education, my health and almost all my life, just for the sake of selfies.”
Now you see, how far a selfie craze can take you?
Health problems (germs, diseases, and illnesses): A study says, taking group selfies is bad for your hair. How? Well, when you take a group selfie with a lot of people, and to fix everyone’s face in the photo, the people come near each other, increasing the chance of sharing the lice in the hair.
The research was done by Wisconsin physician Sharon Rink.
The lice in one’s hair quickly transfer to another person’s hair while taking the group selfie. Experts say teenagers nowadays join their heads a lot while taking group photos; that is why there are many kinds of germs as well as lice shared during the selfie session.
The report is amusing, at the same time interesting.
A UK-based research says that young females spend more than six hours per week in capturing selfies, and this is one of the reasons they are getting away from adopting the healthy activities.
Misuse of selfies on the internet: When you take a selfie and post it to any website on the internet without making it private, there is a 75% chance that someone will download your picture, and if anybody downloads it, it will be very easy for him to misuse your selfie, edit it in his style, and post it somewhere else, without informing you.
With the availability of a vast number of photo editing software, it is now very easy for even a child to edit a beautiful and typical image and make it look incredibly offensive.
There have been many cases reported in the media, in which person edits someone’s photo (especially that of a female) and post it everywhere, just to take revenge on some issue.
How to overcome this problem? The only thing you can do is, make your internet photos private, or just don’t share your selfies on the web at all.
Selfie craze is one of the causes of racy images on the internet.
Deaths caused by selfies: You might not have heard, but selfie is one of the most dominant cause of mortality in the modern world. There are some cases reported by the media in which people were found dead because of taking a silly selfie.
In 2014, A 25-year old college student reportedly fell off the ocean while taking a selfie. A 21-year-old Spanish man was also died the same year by the electric shock while taking a selfie on the top of a train.
In 2015, a news channel reports that a 21-year old fell off from the mountain while capturing a selfie.
The same year, a man from Pakistan’s Rawalpindi also died on the railway track for having taken a photo of himself. He was crushed by a train; the story was covered by the mainstream media channels.
In 2016, a local news channel reported that a girl from Chiniot was died by falling from a hilltop while taking her picture.
So there are a lot of news stories like these, and the number is growing on a daily basis.
How to overcome selfie craze, and how much selfies are normal?
To overcome the habit of taking selfies and avoid developing a selfie craze, one has to get himself involved in healthy activities. Psychologists say people have to stop thinking about their appearances too much. We should avoid using filters on our photos because filters are just fake. No matter how better you edit your selfie, it will always remain false.
Posting a selfie without editing and applying filters will boost the confidence level of an individual.
If the habit of capturing perfect photos is taking you away from your daily tasks and studies, then it’s time to say “no” to the selfies and concentrate on other activities.
Selfie craze will automatically come to an end if you avoid thinking too much about your looks.