Haz­ardous selfie craze

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

VINOD DIXIT

Mil­lions of peo­ple across the world ev­ery­day hold up their cam­eras to snap self­ies to share with their friends. Psy­chi­a­trists say there is a rise in the num­ber of Selfi­tis cases. Doc­tors have also been warn­ing that tak­ing too many self­ies could re­sult in “Selfi­tis,” which they de­scribe as a men­tal dis­or­der. Re­cently, Amer­i­can Psy­chi­atric As­so­ci­a­tion ac­tu­ally con­firmed that tak­ing self­ies is a men­tal dis­or­der, go­ing as far as to term con­di­tion “Selfi­tis”.

The APA has de­fines it as: “the ob­ses­sive com­pul­sive de­sire to take photos of one’s self and post them on so­cial me­dia as a way to make up for the lack of self-es­teem and to fill a gap in in­ti­macy.” Self­ies are of two types – group and in­di­vid­ual. The in­di­vid­ual selfie-ad­dic­tion is a mat­ter of con­cern. Alarmed by the trend, Mumbai has al­ready de­clared 16 no-selfie zones across city and author­i­ties warn peo­ple against tak­ing un­nec­es­sary snaps. Mumbai po­lice has also de­clared self­ies off-lim­its in ar­eas per­ceived as risky, par­tic­u­larly along coast­line in spots with no rail­ings or bar­ri­ers.

Click­ing selfie is a mag­ni­fied way of see­ing one­self in the mir­ror. To­day teenagers are more con­cerned about how they look and how oth­ers per­ceive them. Gen­er­ally, in­di­vid­ual selfie click­ers are seek­ing iden­tity and mean­ing in the world. De­spite clear signs de­not­ing the selfie-free zones in most of the risky points in met­ros, peo­ple still con­tinue click­ing away, and of­ten go­ing to the edges or stand­ing on ledges to get most thrilling shots. One must re­mem­ber that live your own life – don’t live be­fore the eyes of oth­ers. — Ahmed­abad

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