Scientists Link Selfies To Narcissism, Addiction & Mental Illness
If you are one of those persons who like taking tons of selfies, you better read this! In a recent research scientists said that taking selfies is linked to narcissism, addiction, and mental illness that could explain a lot!
Dr. David Veal determined that taking selfies can be diagnosed as a mental health problem. Some people become so obsessed with taking the perfect selfie that one 19-year old teenager in Britain would take at least 200 photos of himself every day. He suffers from OCD and body dysmorphic disorder and he developed a selfie addiction.
After dropping out of school, losing 30 pounds, and not leaving his house for 6 months, he discovered that he couldn’t take the perfect selfie and tried to commit suicide. Dr. 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.”
Danny Bowman, a 19-year-old British male, said, “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.” He is believed to be the UK’s first selfie addict and has received therapy with his technology addiction as well as his OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
“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 in Psychology Today. “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”, said Panpimol Wipulakorn, of the Thai Mental Health Department.
The doctor believes that behaviors could generate brain problems in the future, especially those who lack confidence. The word “selfie” was elected “Word of the Year in 2013″ by the Oxford English Dictionary and is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”