growing trend of taking smartphone selfies is linked to mental health
conditions that focus on a person’s obsession with looks.
to psychiatrist Dr David Veal: “Two out of three of all the patients who
come to see me with Body Dysmorphic Disorder since the rise of camera
phones have a compulsion to repeatedly take and post selfies on social
behavioural therapy is used to help a patient to recognise the reasons
for his or her compulsive behaviour and then to learn how to moderate
it,” he told the Sunday Mirror.
British male teenager tried to commit suicide after he failed to take
the perfect selfie. Danny Bowman became so obsessed with capturing the
perfect shot that he spent 10 hours a day taking up to 200 selfies. The
19-year-old lost nearly 30 pounds, dropped out of school and did not
leave the house for six months in his quest to get the right picture. He
would take 10 pictures immediately after waking up. Frustrated at his
attempts to take the one image he wanted, Bowman eventually tried to
take his own life by overdosing, but was saved by his mom.
was constantly in search of taking the perfect selfie and when I
realized I couldn’t, I wanted to die. I lost my friends, my
education, my health and almost my life,” he told The Mirror.
teenager is believed to be the UK’s first selfie addict and has had
therapy to treat his technology addiction as well as OCD and Body
of his treatment at the Maudsley Hospital in London included taking away
his iPhone for intervals of 10 minutes, which increased to 30 minutes
and then an hour.
was excruciating to begin with but I knew I had to do it if I wanted to
go on living,” he told the Sunday Mirror.
health officials in the UK announced that addiction to social media such
as Facebook and Twitter is an illness and more than 100 patients sought
treatment every year.
trigger perceptions of self-indulgence or attention-seeking social
dependence that raises the damned-if-you-do and damned-if-you-don’t
spectre of either narcissism or very low self-esteem,” said Pamela
Rutledge in Psychology Today.
big problem with the rise of digital narcissism is that it puts enormous
pressure on people to achieve unfeasible goals, without making them
hungrier. Wanting to be Beyoncé, Jay Z or a model is hard enough
already, but when you are not prepared to work hard to achieve it, you
are better off just lowering your aspirations. Few things are more
self-destructive than a combination of high entitlement and a lazy work
ethic. Ultimately, online manifestations of narcissism may be little
more than a self-presentational strategy to compensate for a very low
and fragile self-esteem. Yet when these efforts are reinforced and
rewarded by others, they perpetuate the distortion of reality and
consolidate narcissistic delusions.
addiction to selfies has also alarmed health professionals in Thailand.
“To pay close attention to published photos, controlling who sees or who
likes or comments them, hoping to reach the greatest number of likes is
a symptom that ‘selfies’ are causing problems,” said Panpimol
Wipulakorn, of the Thai Mental Health Department.
doctor believed that behaviours could generate brain problems in the
future, especially those related to lack of confidence.
word “selfie” was elected “Word of the Year 2013” by the Oxford English
Dictionary. It is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of
oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social
The Gym Selfie (Because the checking isn’t
The Pet Selfie (If you want to post a
picture of your pet, post a picture of your pet.)
this happens, then it’s OK:
The Car Selfie AKA The Seatbelt Selfie (You
LITERALLY got in the car and thought, “I look so good today, I better
let everyone know before I put this thing in drive and head to my shift
at the Olive Garden.”)
The Blurry Selfie (Why?)
The Just Woke Up Selfie
you just woke up.
Or even worse, the Pretending to Be Asleep Selfie.
The Add a Kid Selfie (Extra points for a
The Hospital Selfie (A rare gem. The more
tubes you have hooked up to you, the better.)
The “I’m On Drugs” Selfie (This looker
below also qualifies as theLook At My New Haircut Selfie.)
10. The Duck Face Selfie (Hey girls. This
doesn’t make you prettier. It makes you look stupid and desperate. If
that’s what you’re going for, carry on.)
The Pregnant Belly Selfie (Send this to
your family and friends, not the entire Internet.)
yes, that’s a pregnant belly duck face selfie. It’s the unicorn of