This phenomenon attracted the attention of psychologists and they revealed shocking findings after conducting some research on the matter.
Danny Bowman is the first officially recognized selfie addict in Great Britain. He used to be so dependable on taking selfies that he even attempted to commit a suicide. Fortunately, his mother interrupted the process on time. He explained he decided to put an end to his life after failing to make a perfect selfie after ten hours of constant trying. A 19 years old Danny Bowman didn’t attend school lessons, never left his house for about six months and lost 30 pounds. Before getting out of bed he managed to do minimum ten photos of himself. Finally, he was assigned to pass a therapy at the London’s Maudsley Hospital. Within the framework of the therapy Bowman was gradually taught how to spend his time without a phone in his hand all the time. First the doctors took the phone away for several minutes and after some time the intervals were increased to an hour. Bowman admitted such treatment was extremely challenging at the very beginning but he realized he had to deprive of the dependence if he wanted to return to a normal life again.
Social media like Twitter and Facebook exert a significant impact on people’s lives. Each year this impact grows since the technologies become more sophisticated. Some people realize it and look for any assistance to help treat their addiction.
Psychologists claim that people obsessed with selfies try to attract attention to themselves by posting their photos. Such behavior may signal about two extremes: a low self-esteem or narcissism. Quite often people subconsciously hide their low self-esteem behind an ostentatious narcissism in the social networks. If other people approve such pattern of behavior, the problem aggravates since the approval of the social surrounding convinces an addict he is on a right way and the perception of reality by this person is pretty distorted.
People also feel an urgent need to stay in a close touch with their virtual friends all the time without even the smallest breaks. Mobile Internet makes it possible. Social media users are literally crazy about checking their news feed every minute, they do everything possible to expand a range of friends who hit the Like button on every post in a timeline.
A strong dependence on social media in general and selfie taking in particular is usually treated by means of a cognitive behavioral therapy that provides a large percentage of positive outcomes. Nevertheless, no one can guarantee the effectiveness of such therapy in the future.