Selfie obsession in teenagers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Nov 2017 11:48:16

By Dr Archana Dadhe

The culture which has been gaining popularity for about a year now, has not only gained the attention of young children, but even adults and artists alike. You move anywhere around the city like Shopping malls, colleges, Picnic sites Selfies are on the rise. Selfie-taking is popular with teenagers and even adults around the world, but it should be regulated in some places. Every week, more than 17 million selfies are uploaded to social media websites mainly by teenagers.

Eye catching displays at the shopping malls inspire patrons to snap a selfie with their friends & family members. Teenagers post their selfies on the social media like instagram, facebook, twitter, whatsapp etc. and wait for the reaction they receive. Some of them spend hours each day trying to capture a picture they find worthy of sharing on social media. Teen posts a cool/pretty/pouty selfie. What follows is a watch to see how many ‘likes’ the photo gets and how many complimentary comments pile up. Positive comments can help lift the spirits. It improves your social status and makes you feel good to see the comments. selfies have become our culture’s collective visual diary. It has become a social practice, and everyone is blindly following this trend. People take selfies whenever and with whomever they like, and no longer consider whether it is appropriate or not.

Teens are at a very vulnerable and fascinating stage of life. They feel that they are full of understanding, have extensive energy, are totally self-conscious about their appearance, but their most important missing is to be somebody. Selfies fulfill their self-gratifying desire to be seen, be popular, be someone important, and to ultimately find their dream partner, job, life goal, etc. They are always seen with the latest fad and fashion. There's a danger that your self-esteem may start to be tied to the comments and Likes you get when you post a selfie, and they aren't based on who you are they're based on what you look like.

Unfortunately, there have been some scary instances that people have faced when taking selfies. When wanting to get the perfect angle, perfect lighting a person may reach on the far corner of the building’s roof. The growing fad has its legal implications. Teen drivers have an obligation to use reasonable care while driving, meaning that they must refrain from engaging in distracting behaviors that put other drivers at risk. If a driver is taking selfies while driving down a highway, such a driver could be held liable if an accident occurs.

Selfie deaths are incredibly common. Drenching accidents can also be a result of selfie-taking if a person accidentally leans too far over trying to capture the ocean’s beauty. Most of the selfie-related deaths have been due to falling. The next most common is when people are trying to take a selfie, and they're devastated by a moving vehicle. A motor vehicle crash death among teenagers is a regular feature. In many instances, you walk in the middle of the street to take selfies, disregarding any oncoming traffic that they may be blocking. These are just a few examples of how taking selfies can quickly become dangerous. Posting or over sharing photos, detailing the information may be used by fraudulent individuals for the wrong ends or may be later considered a serious infringement on the privacy.

The number of teenagers who die each year taking a selfie is on the rise but it’s time to stop it and warn them that this thrill for the ultimate photo is putting their life in danger. Safe selfie campaigns at beaches, forts, deep valleys, cliffs and other destinations should be launched by the government as well as by the colleges & Schools to make teenagers think thrice before snaping selfies in the dangerous circumstances. Avoid naughty selfies all the time. Teenagers are putting themselves in harm’s way to click the perfect selfie. Selfie danger zones have to be identified to control the life of teens.

India accounts for highest selfie related deaths. Selfies can be fun and give people a burst of satisfaction in the moment, but I still want to encourage teenagers to have authentic identities in real time and with real people with utmost safety. I suggest parents to be careful about their children.

(The author is from MBA Department, G S College of Commerce & Economics, Nagpur)