Think that selfie addiction is harmless? Think again.
Nineteen-year-old Danny Bowman took about 200 selfies of himself a day to capture the perfect shot. Thinking he was failing to look good enough to post online, he almost killed himself.
Bowman, a 19-year-old Englishman had been diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, reported the Mirror News.
“Danny’s case is particularly extreme,” said psychiatrist Dr. David Veale, whose clinic helped treat the teenager.
“But this is a serious problem. It’s not a vanity issue. It’s a mental health one which has an extremely high suicide rate.”
Just like crack, alcohol, porn, sex, food, selfie-taking combined with social media can make for a mind-distorting state.
In Bowman’s case, selfie-taking and social media-posting became the outlet for his obsessive compulsive behavior.
“With modern technology, it can actually be quite severe,” Bowman says in the video. “This kind of thing can happen to anyone.”
Have you ever caught yourself in the grip of any behavior that makes you feel addicted to something: pot, alcohol, porn, sex, food, selfies? How does it feel? Do you feel the almost uncontrollable desire?
Try riding out that feeling of being “driven” to satisfy the craving. Instead of acting to trigger the addiction (i.e. taking a selfie, walking to the fridge, going online, the liquor store, the pot dealer, buying cigarettes), just sit still and breathe for about five minutes, and focus on breath. This method can allow compulsion to subside.
Mindfulness meditation is just one of many tools to get over an addiction. Consult a professional.
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“To know yourself is to forget yourself, and he didn’t mean take another selfie.”