Fond of taking selfies?
This article is not to scare you, but to enable you to use this art, hobby or passion of yours, whatever you name it, with caution.
We often use selfies for posting them on social media websites and there is nothing wrong in it if we do in the right way.
Selfie related deaths are being reported from all across the globe, India now has the highest number of people, who’ve died while taking selfies. It has reported 19 of the world’s 49 recorded Selfie-linked deaths since 2014.
An 18-year-old student died after falling into a reservoir while taking a Selfie from the top of a rock and what’s even worse, a classmate drowned trying to save him.
An 18-year-old woman fell into the sea and died at Mumbai’s Bandstand Fort while taking a Selfie.
Just outside Chennai, a 16-year-old student died while trying to take a Selfie with a speeding train in the background.
While drinking with friends in Mexico City and playing with a gun to pose for Facebook selfies in July 2014, 21-year-old Oscar Otero Aguilar accidentally shot himself in the head. He didn’t know the gun was loaded.
During an annual bull-running festival in the Spanish town of Villaseca de la Sagra in August 2015, a man paused to take a Selfie of the bulls chasing him. The pause proved to be fatal.
While trying to take a Selfie on the Taj Mahal’s steps in September 2015, an elderly male Japanese tourist lost his footing and tumbled down a staircase and died of a heart attack. He died of a heart attack.
In March 2015, a group of seven Indian teens went picnicking at a lake. When they stood up in their rowboat to take a Selfie, the boat tipped over and all seven of them drowned to death.
A fun-filled picnic at the Murud beach in Alibaug for a batch of 116 students ended in tragedy after 14 of them got drowned while trying to take a selfie.
“Standing right by a train is awesome!!!!” was the last post of Savannah on Facebook as the train’s steel wheels banged her along the tracks. She disappeared and the train continued moving forward.”
Sad, but all this is true.
It is good to take selfies if it doesn’t turn it into an addiction as this can be dangerous.
This trend of taking pictures of oneself can cause extreme self-obsession, addiction, and even mental illness.
Once addicted, people become so obsessed that they keep clicking selfies throughout the day desperate to capture the perfect image.
This habit of taking selfies can not only be detrimental to a person’s mental health but can also result in overindulgence and attention seeking behavior.
The culture of taking selfies and posting on social media sites has gained popularity not only amongst the teenagers but the adults as well. Celebrities have also boosted this culture by posting their selfies now and then on the Internet.
Once we post our pictures online in a bid to seek approval and attention, we keep going back again and again to the post to evaluate the likes and comments and get depressed and low self-esteem when the count is low.
What a waste of time isn’t it!
On the contrary, if people feel they have not got enough likes as expected, they decide to post another Selfie, and again go with the same procedure of evaluation which leads even to a more pathetic state of mind if the response is not good.
Paying too much attention to one’s shared selfies by continuously checking who sees or comments could undermine or erode one’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
One more thing, constantly exposing your face to the light and radiation from smartphones may damage your skin, speed up aging and promote wrinkles, dermatologists have warned.
Should I Stop taking Selfies?
No, not at all! Post Selfies, but do not become an addict. Give time to your family, friends, and people around you, who love you and respect you for what you are. Don’t evaluate yourself basis your Selfie scores.
According to leading publications like ‘The New York Times Magazine’, ‘The Telegraph’, Selfie deaths are slowly rising around the world and more people have died by taking selfies this year than by shark attacks.
Stop Taking selfies in an inappropriate place and at an inappropriate time.
We all can manage a Smartphone or a camera very well but what is more important is that we should be able to manage our mind. Play safe while taking a Selfie as your life is much – much more precious than what others think of you.