OTHER SIDE TO SELFIES…

Whilst the “selfie” craze has helped to raise lots of money for charity, there has also been  lots of backlash because of the effect it can have on body image. In a recent tabloid newspaper, this story featured:

Selfies almost killed me: Schoolboy who took 200 photos of himself every day because he wanted perfection describes how addiction drove him to attempt suicide

  • Danny Bowman, 19, spent 10 hours a day trying to take a flawless image
  • His addiction began when he was 15 and caused him to drop out of school
  • Teenager lost two stone and got angry when his parents tried to stop him
  • Obsession drove him to take an overdose at his home in Newcastle
  • Psychiatrists said he suffered from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
  • BDD sufferers feel an excessive anxiety about personal appearance

(Robinson, W, 2014, Selfies almost killed me: Schoolboy who took 200 photos of himself every day because he wanted perfection describes how addiction drove him to attempt suicide, Daily Mail, 26th March, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2588364/Selfies-killed-Schoolboy-took-200-photos-day-wanted-perfection-describes-addiction-drove-attempt-suicide.html)

Therefore, i wanted to have a look on how modern technology in terms of  photography can have a detrimental effect.

 

 

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