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Selfie Addiction is Real, Doctors Say

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Having an addiction to taking selfies is no laughing matter, doctors say.

Although taking selfies is just part of social media culture, for some, it may be dangerous. Selfies, the 2013 word of the year, can actually become an addiction for those already at risk for psychological disorders. Psychologists say that this addiction isn’t actually surprising since addictions to social media exist as well. 

How often do you take selfies? Do you find it fun, a boost of confidence, or something even more?

In 2013, researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor found that college-aged and middle-aged adults who scored higher for certain narcissistic traits posted more frequently on social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. It’s not just a vanity issue. It’s a real danger that actually has a high suicidal rate.

Plus, did you know that researchers even have developed a scale based on six basic criteria to measure risks for addictions to Facebook?


Danny Bowman is a severe case of what the addiction can do. The 19-year-old Englishman has been diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. He developed a selfie addiction and took up to 200 photos of himself - a day. He even became suicidal during these actions.

Although this is an extreme case, selfie addiction can be a real condition.  

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