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This article was posted about a month ago, but I haven't gotten around to sharing it until now.
When I read this quote, I was shocked:
“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.” ---Dr. David Veal
I knew that selfies made me feel uglier than usual because you find yourself taking several of them to get the 'best' one, but I can totally see how it can also lead to 'narcissism, addiction and mental illness' if it got out of hand.
Plus, I was lucky enough to have my 'formative' years fall during a time before 'selfies' and 'Instagram' madness.
If I were 12 or 13 right now, I can ABSOLUTELY see how the current landscape could make me more insecure, narcissistic and/or 'obsessed' with my appearance. (more than I already am)
And these stories make me worry the most about my growing daughter:
"A British teen boy became so obsessed with capturing the perfect shot that he would spend roughly 10 hours per day taking up to 200 selfies trying to get the perfect shot. He eventually committed suicide."
I suppose all we can do is try our hardest to not let our insecurities get the best of us. And try to teach our children the same. I don't necessarily think 'selfies' create a suicidal teen.
But rather I worry for those who were already at risk growing up in a very 'look at me/ perfect is attainable' society.