Scientists Link Selfies‬ To Narcissism, Addiction‬ & Mental Illness


Smartphone’s selfies are related with health condition that focuses on a person’s preoccupation with looks.

Dr. David Veal says: “Two of three from all the patients who are coming here with Body Dysmorphic Disorder since the uplift of the camera phones have a necessity to always take photo and post it on social sites”.

“We use cognitive behavioral therapy, in order to assist the patient to identify the reasons for his obligatory behavior and to teach them how to control it”-said Dr. David.

Probably you are wondering is it really possible that selfies can be related with mental illness, addiction, narcissism and suicide. According to many psychologists it is possible, and they are warning the parents to look closer for their kid’s actions on the social sites.

In Britain, a teenager failed to take perfect selfie, and tried to commit suicide. Danny Bowman spent 10 hours a day taking up 200 selfies, in order to capture the perfect shot.

Bowman dropped out of school, did not leave his house for six months and lost almost 30 pounds in his intention to make the perfect shot. Because he couldn’t get the right one, Bowman tried to commit suicide with overdosing, but his mom saved him.

“I was always in search of taking the pefect selfie and when I realized I couldn’t, I wanted to die. I lost my friends, education, health and almost my life”- said Bowman for The Mirror.

He was the UK’s first selfie addict, and was subjected to therapy for his technology addiction, and also OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

In the treatment at the Maudsley Hospital in London, taking away his iPhone was included. They started with intervals of 10 minutes, then to 30 minutes and an hour.

“It was agonizing to start with but I knew I had to do it if I wanted to go on lining”-said Bowman for The Mirror.

According to UK’s public officials, the addiction to the social media like Twitter or Facebook is a disease and over 100 patients asked treatment every year.

According to Pamela Rutledge, selfies are boosters of self-tenderness and caution-seeking dependence, very low self-respect and also narcissm.

The biggest problem caused with the digital narcissism is that people are having big pressure to achieve impossible goals, without getting hungrier.

It is hard to be Rihanna, David Beckham or a model without working hard. You need to lower your ambitions if you are not willing to work harder in order to achieve them. There aren’t many things out there more dangerous and self-destructive than lazy work ethic and high admittance.

Online narcissism could be more than a self-presentational strategy for improving low brittle self-appraisal. When these actions are acknowledged and firmed by others, they extend the disarray of the reality and strengthen the narcissistic illusions.