Hey dear! Have you ever tried taking a selfie picture? It will be a wonder if you shake your head no. During the past few years, the selfie has become a popular trend among both males and females. According to a survey, people around the world take more than 93 million selfies a day. While gals take more selfies than dudes, it might be a good time to note that 75% of selfie victims are men.
What a selfie is?
A selfie is a self-taken photo which captures the face of the person who takes it. Hold your phone at a high angle, flip the view on it, making your eyes look bigger and cheekbones more defined. Turn to your best side, and position your thumb over the button. Ready? Click!
Selfies are fun, and it is a healthy way for teenagers to develop their identity. But things get out of control when you become an addict of it. Just after you post a selfie on social media, you start receiving comments and feedback on it. When you get praise, you are up. But when you get nothing or a “get over yourself”, you experience a decline in confidence.
If we talk about the majority of gals, they are socialized toward seeing themselves as adorable and worthy only if others value them. It seems that growing use of social media sites is making us conscious about our appearance. People are having surgeries just to have the perfect selfie. It is not so far when our obsession with selfies will evolve from being a narcissism issue to the mental health problem.
Selfie damages your skin, speed up aging, promote wrinkles
Dermatologists have warned that taking more selfies exposes your face to light and radiation from mobile phones which may damage your skin, cause wrinkles and premature skin aging.
The electromagnetic radiation from your smartphone damages the DNA leading the breakage in DNA strand which can prevent skin repairing itself.
It also places oxidative stress on cells which promote wrinkles. It starts to give you dull and dirty looking texture. The light of your mobile phone has some magnetic field that alters the minerals in the skin. If you are distressed for all of your selfies, it is highly recommended for you to use sunscreen, face creams, and serums to minimize the damages.
A selfie can cause mental disorder
Selfies have worst psychological impacts. If you disbelieve, the story of Danny Bowman, a 19-year-old British teen can convince you to alter your thought. Bowman exemplifies the worst case of selfie addiction, and he is the living proof that a new evil may currently be emerging. The boy did not leave his home for six months, snapping over 200 photos a day. During this period, he lost 30 pounds and was dropped out of school. The growing frustration with his inability to capture the perfect selfie made him commit a suicide attempt.
Bowman told that he was persistently looking for a perfect selfie but when he realized that he could not do so, he wanted to die. He admitted that he had lost his friends, education, health, and almost his life.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) confirmed that taking selfies is a mental disorder, and termed the condition selfitis.
The APA defined it as the obsessive-compulsive desire to take selfies and post them on social media to compensate the lack of confidence and to fill a gap in familiarity. It has categorized it into three levels: borderline, acute, and chronic.
If you take up to three selfies a day but do not post them on social media, consider yourself borderline. If you are posting at least three selfies a day, you are acute. Lastly, if you are experiencing an uncontrollable urge to take and post photos a day, you have chronic selfitis.
Selfies can ruin your relationships
A study found that people who were more satisfied with their body image posted more selfies on social media as a way to show off. Subsequently, they reported experiencing more conflict with their significant other such as the suspicious behavior of a partner on attention others had paid to their photos online. When one partner frequently posts attractive selfies, the other may get jealous or threatened. It may lead to excessive monitoring of other’s social media accounts, which means they intensely notice the attention the photos receive from followers. It could result in greater conflicts, cheating, and break-up at the end.
Selfie-related injuries and deaths
You won’t believe, but a selfie can take your life. Last year, more people died from selfies than shark attacks, and many got injured. The distracted selfie-takers have fallen to their death while falling off cliffs, crashing cars, being hit by the train and shooting themselves when posing with a gun which has accidentally fired. About 20% of young Britons had taken a selfie while driving a car.
The daring selfies had led to numerous deaths and injuries which made the Russia Interior Ministry release a ‘Selfie Safety Guide’ in 2015 to warn selfie enthusiasts about typical dangerous behavior. After 19 selfie-related deaths in India, the government banned selfies in the major areas. The Pamplona officials have forbidden selfies during the annual Running of the Bulls.
How to prevent selfie addiction?
Psychiatrists treated Danny Bowman in a similar they would have treated any addict _ minimizing the exposure to the obsession and eliminating the dependence on it. First, they took his phone away for 10 minutes, then for 30 minutes and so forth. Similarly, a few things can help you prevent selfie addiction:
- Reduce using your mobile phone when at home, institute or work.
- Keep recalling that you don’t need to take a selfie with everything.
- Have a sense of pride in yourself and you will never need to have a public opinion through posting selfies.
- Try to avoid taking a selfie during a particular event or moment.
Try to enjoy every moment of life without the need to seek approval or commentary from others. You must know the difference between expressing and obsessing, and if you find yourself wandering towards the obsession side, you are, undoubtedly, heading into trouble. Becoming aware of the internet atmosphere, and taking control of your actions will indeed help you being a physically and mentally healthy person.