Selfie Boom: The Good, The Bad, And The Worst



The best way to click a picture of yourself is through a selfie. Flip the view on your phone and hold it at a high angle, making your eyes look bigger and your cheekbones more defined. Position your thumb over the button, turn to your best side, and click. Selfies are at a rage. People are getting addicted to selfie and due to it people are harming themselves unknowingly. Research Center, 91 percent of teens have posted a photo of themselves online. You’re not alone: Celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and  Justin Bieber are perpetual selfie posters, as you’ve likely noticed.


It boosts your self esteem like the Dove is a company known for campaigning to raise self esteem among young women so that they don’t get sucked into the objectification that media often bestows upon them. In one of their recent videos aptly titled “Selfie,” they use the practice of silly self picture taking as a medium to help young women really see their beauty and self worth in a very honest way. Although our selfies might be veiled in narcissism, self-obsession or boastfulness I think that for many it’s a genuine attempt to boost self esteem. Seeing a close up picture of your own face and willingly showing it to thousands of people with one click is a form of self-confidence that I don’t think should be quickly dismissed. It’s taking a risk and opening the door to criticism but hoping for positive reinforcement and love.


Selfies, the trend of taking pictures of oneself, could cause narcissism, addiction, mental illness and even suicide. When Bowman failed to take what he perceived to be the perfect selfie, he attempted suicide by taking an overdose of drugs. Prior to his suicide attempt, he says, he would spend about ten hours every day taking selfies. Dr. David Veal, a physician involved in caring for Bowman, says selfies may cause mental illness, including body dysmorphic disorder, which has “an extremely high suicide rate.”Bowman’s  parents are both mental health professionals, and they say that society has a “huge lack of understanding” about just how very dangerous electronic gadgets and social media can be to teens and adults alike. Experts say that while gadgets and social media cause addiction and other dangers, people are in extreme denial about the level of threat these types of communications pose, especially to impressionable teens. Bowman’s parents recount how Bowman would spend many hours in his room taking selfies until his addiction culminated in not only a drastic weight loss, but also a terrifying suicide attempt. While Bowman’s case may sound unique and extreme, experts in psychology as well as medical doctors say this problem is far more widespread than is generally understood.

Some other incidents which occured due to selfie are,

US: Woman dies in car crash just moments after taking selfies while driving. One minute she was posting selfies and Facebook status updates. The next, she was in a deadly crash. In June, Miss Courtney Sanford, 32, was driving along Interstate 85, a US highway. She had just finished utilising social media when her car crashed head-on into a truck and burst into flames. The crash proved deadly for Ms Sanford. The incident was, according to police spokesman Lieutenant Chris Weisner a “a grim reminder for everyone” to pay attention when driving and  other one which happened was Russia: 17-year-old falls from bridge while taking selfie, grabs wires to break fall and dies from electrocution.

Seventeen-year-old Xenia Ignatyeva fell 9m to her death while attempting to take a selfie atop a railway bridge. As she fell, Ms Ignatyeva tried to grab electrical wires and was electrocuted as a result. The avid amateur photographer was only a month away from her 18th birthday when the tragedy occurred in St Petersburg, Russia, around late April. According to the Mirror, train tracks have been attracting youngsters looking for an adrenaline rush to go with their selfies.

“If a young girl poses provocatively and gets 300 likes for that photo, that’s false self-esteem for that kid,” she says. “Selfies can be fun and give people a burst of satisfaction in the moment, but we still want to encourage people to have authentic identities in real time and with real people”.


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