Why should you avoid clicking selfies?
Jan 21st, 2016
The growing trend of taking smartphone selfies is linked to mental health conditions that focus on a person’s obsession with looks.
According 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 media sites.”
“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”, said Pamela Rutledge
7 reasons to avoid Excessive Selfies
Mental Sickness: Clicking selfies during work or during any sad occasion is the indicator of mental sickness. Nowadays youngsters click too many selfies without any understanding and knowledge of time, place & situation. This is another indicator of the mental sickness caused by selfie. There are many selfie obsessed youngsters around who are so concerned about their self-image that they have no clue about getting affected of this mental sickness.
Selfies can cause an addiction: – Trying to get that perfect selfie for your Instagram account? Don’t try too hard because it can get addictive and you may become obsessed. An extreme example is the story of Danny Bowman, who ended up trying to commit suicide. The reason for his desperation? He just could not get that perfect selfie after trying for 10 hours a day. The average was about 200 selfies a day. His mother saved his life and he is now doing some rehabilitation. He is gradually learning to live without his iPhone.
Inability to multitask: Contrary to popular mythology, our brains don’t multitask. We really can’t do two things at once. We can task switch very well—some people are remarkably well—but it takes cognitive energy to redirect our intentionality. This is probably why teens, at a developmental high point of undirected energy, think they are multi-tasking when they are really task switching—and why exhausted parents are so skeptical.
Reduces family time: – Instead of interacting, spending quality time with family members, people these days are seen busy with their phones all the time, trying to get that perfect selfie on their messaging app profile display. This could be dangerous for their personal relationships in the long run.
Social Connection: Selfies are emotionally engaging because they are personal. Humans are social animals. We are hardwired to connect. We innately want to prolong human connection. Most selfies are taken to capture an experience with another person, showcase being in an interesting or special location, or record a social moment. When we do this, our brains are very, very busy. We focus on the image in the camera lens, feeling the emotions that made the moment worth capturing. The “urgency” of a selfie its fleeting quality heightens our concentration. We are, consciously or unconsciously, looking to see how we look, if everyone is in the picture, and if it captures the subjective experience. We are also, with our incredibly facile brains, projecting a little into the future. We are anticipating imagining seeing and sharing the image and remembering the moment, the event, the people, and the feelings.
Psychological depression: – This should go down as one of the primary reason to avoid excessive selfies, lot of youngsters gauge themselves by the likes or comments they get on their selfies on social media. If the number of likes that you expect for your selfie are not met then it indirectly takes you into a depression mode, which is very harmful from mental health point of view.
Unaware of the surroundings: – While clicking selfies one tends to achieve that range of perfection that he forgets if he is going to actually face any terrible situation ahead. We get so engrossed in clicking selfie that we might end up standing close to a rock with a sharp dip or closer to a road or any dangerous place around.
The Mumbai Police has identified 15 dangerous spots across the city where clicking selfies will be banned. The move comes after two people drowned in the sea in a selfie-related accident. The ‘no selfie’ zones include some of the city’s most famous seaside attractions, such as Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, Bandra Bandstand, the forts at Worli and Bandra, and the beaches at Dadar and Juhu.
These spots will soon have signboards warning visitors not to take selfies, along with lifeguards manning the waters. There is no clarity, however, whether people caught clicking selfies in a ‘no selfie’ zone would be fined or not.
Last September, the Maharashtra state government officials had created ‘no selfie zones’ for fear of stampedes at the Kumbh Mela in Nashik, a major pilgrimage that attracts millions of people.
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