Scientists Link Selfies To Narcissism, Addiction & Mental Illness
The on-growing trend of taking selfies with a smartphone is connected to a mental health conditions that focus on a person’s obsession with its looks.
Psychiatrist, Dr David Veal says: “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 selfies of themselves and post them on the social media sites.”
He told the Sunday Mirror: “Cognitive behavioral therapy is used to help a patient to recognize the reasons for her or his compulsive behavior and then to learn how to moderate it”.
Is it possible that taking selfies causes addiction, narcissism, mental illness and suicide? Many psychologists confirm these allegations, and warn parents to be very careful to what kids are doing online to avoid any future cases like what happened to Bowman.
A British male teenager after failing to take the perfect selfie, tried to commit suicide. Danny Bowman became so obsessed with taking the perfect shot that he spent 10 hours a day taking up to 200 selfies. The 19-year-old lost nearly 30 pounds, did not leave the house for six months and dropped out of school in his quest to get the right picture. Immediately after waking up, he would take 10 pictures. Bowman eventually tried to take his own life by overdosing, frustrated at his attempts to take the one image he wanted, but was saved by his mom.
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