A selfie can be defined to the photographs that people take on their own. In other words, unlike in the past when people had to find another person to photograph them, selfies are taken without such assistance. In an era when Smartphone devices have become cheap and widely available, almost everyone is taking such photographs. Some share them with their loved ones while others will just store them for future references. Nonetheless, as it is asserted, taking selfies can be harmful.
The Psychological Effects
It can be dangerous when people with low esteem take selfies. Some will feel inadequate every time they see their image on their phones. They may even expect some from of validation when they share the some photographs with their friends. Failure to achieve the validation coupled with a wrong perspective of one-self can make people sink further into low-self esteem related behaviors.
Additionally, people spend time viewing selfies of famous people in the entertainment world. They will therefore want to imitate them. However, people may not realize that the celebrities use make-ups and that they take as many photographs as possible before sharing them with the rest of the world. As a result, some people do not feel good enough today and will shy away from sharing their photographs.
Further still, some of the people who share selfies are not considerate of the fact that they are viewed by many people. They keep sharing personal details about their lives, putting their security and safety into jeopardy. Still, an individual may opt to share a selfie they took with another person without their consent. In so doing, they will not be risking the lives of their friends, but they may end up ruining worthwhile friendships.
Taking Selfies in Dangerous Places
There are some people who have already taken the whole selfie activity into different and dangerous levels. They venture into dangerous places with the hope of taking unique selfies. They can even endanger their lives while trying to impress the world. Young people, in particular, are caught up in the behavior of trying to impress their friends and hence getting acceptance in their social world. Without taking precautionary measures, selfies have been taking while people are playing with wild animals, at the edge of a cliff, on top of buildings and under water among other places. Indeed, taking selfies can ruin a number of things including people’s self-esteem, friendships and safety.