Are selfies bad for you?

By Drum Digital
13 April 2015

An increasing number of women and men are worried about their looks; some even go as far as questioning their naturally beautiful in photos.

Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Madonna are all serial selfie-takers.

A search on photo-sharing app Instagram retrieves over 23 million photos uploaded with the hash tag selfie, and a whopping 51 million with the hash tag #me.

See, selfie-ism is everywhere.

Awkward Obama Selfie

The word "selfie" has been bandied about so much in the past few months it was named as Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year in 2013, and they’re looking to include it in the online edition of the wordbook.

According to recent findings from the Pew Research Center – a company that provides information on social issues, public opinion and demographic trends shaping the United States and the world – teenagers in America are sharing more information than ever about themselves on social media.

Of those studied, 91 % post photos of themselves online – up from 79 % in 2006.

Dr Peter Finigan, Medical Director at Dr Newmans Clinic in the United Kingdom, said, “Five years ago, close-up selfies were unheard of, and people didn't worry in quite the same way about their own image.

“However, with the advent of HD cameras and smartphone cameras, and the craze for selfies, areas of the face are magnified that you wouldn't have noticed before.”

Sources: BBC and .dailymail.co.uk

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