“Selfie”. A simple word that has become a phenomenon in today’s society. One can buy a selfie-stick to get the perfect angle. There are books and blogs on how to get the perfect “pic”. There are people who have become celebrities just because people follow their social media to see their latest selfie post.
What initially started as a fun act of capturing a picture of oneself without the use of a photographer, has now become behavior that can lead to addiction, narcissism, and even suicide for some.
It’s important to think about what these selfies mean to our mental health, especially when it comes to teens, who are often the most frequent selfie posters.
Today too many people are interested in making a statement about themselves on the internet and creating an influential existence. Selfies, when used to excess show a lack of depth and a shallow personality.
Taking selfies can be detrimental to a person’s mental health and that indulging in them is indicative of narcissism, low self-esteem, attention seeking, behavior and self-indulgence.
When a selfie is posted and there is no response or even negative responses, the poster internalizes those actions as valid data about their beauty or importance. The lack of satisfaction they feel creates a risk, often setting them up for disappointment, depression, and for some, suicide.
The selfie obsession is more prevalent among females, but it also seen among males. Society places emphasis on people to be perfect, beautiful, and fit a perceived societal image of ideal. We are learning to rely on the internet and social media for feedback once received from in-person interactions with others and hard work.
So I leave with this thought – Since research has shown a connection between selfies and mental illness, first we have to stop our self out of this mental illness and then as a society stop this to be happening among others.
This Article is written by Babar Ali, Student of BS Media Studies. under supervision of Ms. Anum Aziz, Lecturer of English at Bahria University.