Scientists Link Selfies To Narcissism, Addiction & Mental Illness

By: Anuradha

These days almost all the social media apps appear to be the platform to display the selfies of people. We see what our friends did from the time they wake up to the time they sleep in various ways and actually this obsession with selfies is recorded to be a mental illness.

Dr David Veal, a psychiatrist says that “Two out of three of all the patients who come to see me with Body Dysmorphic Disorder since the rise of the camera phones have a compulsion to repeatedly take and post selfies on social media sites.” He further told the Sunday Mirror that “Cognitive 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.”

There are so many reported cases where people failed to take the perfect selfie and attempted to commit suicide because of frustration. A British male teenager committed suicide after being failed to take the perfect selfie. Another one; Danny Bowman was obsessed with capturing the perfect shot so that he spent 10 hours a day taking up-to 200 selfies. Bowman, a young teenager dropped out of school, lost 30 pounds and never left home for whole six months trying to take the perfect selfie. He eventually tried to commit suicide which was fortunately prevented by his mom.

He told the Mirror that “I 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.”

However, he was treated for technology addiction, OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. His treatment included taking away his iPhone for intervals of 10 minutes which increased to 30 minutes and then an hour.

Public health officials in UK reported that for the addiction of social media sites around 100 people are getting treatments every year. Pamela Rutledge said to the Psychology today that “Selfies frequently trigger perception of self-indulgence or attention-seeking social dependence that raises the damned-if-you-do and damned-of-you-don’t spectre of either narcissism or very low self-esteem.” 

However, the biggest impact of selfie culture to the present generation is that it makes you crazy to achieve perfection by whatever the mean you want and people become desperate to achieve this perfection. They live just to take lot of ‘likes’ or ‘tweets’ and their whole life become a drama. You will try to be Beyoncé or Jay Z whereas you have no any ability to be like them. So, the ultimate result is ending up in a tragic situation.

Health professionals in Thailand, particularly the Dr Panpimol Wipuakorn remarks “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.”

Let’s have a look for a few selfie types!

1. The gym selfie.

2. The pet selfie. (if you need to post a picture of the pet then take the pet alone)

Ha ha this! Let’s hope it really didn’t happen.

3. The car selfie. (If you are ready to go somewhere, then go wherever you want buddy!)

4. The blurry selfie (why?)

5. The just woke up selfie.

6. Pretending to be asleep selfie.

7. Along with a kid selfie.

8. The hospital selfie.

9. The ‘I’m on drugs selfie”

10. The duck face selfie.

11. The pregnant belly selfie

12. I’m a gigantic whore selfie.

13. I’m rich enough to fly on airplane selfie.

14. The 3D selfie.

15. The not relevant selfie.

16. The “I live in filth” selfie.