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IN Science & Technology ON 07 Mar, 2016
Selfies have become the widest and craziest trend ever. Besides having a good feeling factor, selfies have resulted in some demerits as well. Some people have lost their lives taking some dangerous selfies, and so there is something wrong with all the obsession. Some health experts will tell you this.
"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 media sites. "
"Cognitive behavioral therapy is used to help a patient to recognize the reasons for his or her compulsive behavior and then to learn how to moderate it."
"Even looking at how most of us choose our profile pictures on Facebook and other social media sites is a huge process. Believe it or not, as harmless as these acts all seem, they build up over time to create and create great forms of self consciousness and false sense of confidence. Instead of being okay with who we are no matter what, we strive to find the right picture with all the perfect details."
And ending up ill and sick.
Just for the sake of a perfect selfie!
"Danny Bowman became so obsessed with capturing the perfect shot that he would spend roughly 10 hours per day taking up to 200 selfies trying to get the perfect shot."
"As things got more and more intense for Danny, he lost nearly 30 pounds, dropped out of school and did not leave the house for six months as he kept trying for the perfect picture. During his suicide attempt, Bowman was saved by his mother."
"Selfies frequently 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."
This extremity in this field needs to be calmed down, by not pressurizing people for being perfect on camera, but praising them for what they are in real life.
Panpimol Wipulakorn, of Thai Mental Health Department, said, "The 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."
Know that you are far more than what a lens can capture. And love yourself, but do not ever get obsessed with it. Live healthy and happy!
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