How selfies may lead to mental disorders among teens

Technology, no doubt has made life easier and advance. Upgrading cameras, selfie feature and editing apps have made our lives interesting. We no more need to have a professional camera to capture good pictures, and filters and editing tools give us that perfect look which we always wanted to portray.

But, is is what we really wanted to achieve? Inventing and using an app that make us LOOK BEAUTIFUL and instead PERFECT?

In 2014, over 93 million selfies were taken alone by android users in a day. There are no recent reports on average number of selfies we click in a day, but you can imagine!

Over 90% of what are taken by teenagers. Some teens get obsessed with taking multiple selfies in a pose and posting then on social media in order to get approval.

And, interestingly the look is achieved using beauty-enhancing apps by looking fairer, acne- free, slim, tall and what not for that picture-perfect look.

The way we have started looking at our bodies is dangerous. Increasing use of beauty apps and editing selfies makes teen feel uncomfortable and diffident about our selves. We don’t just lack acceptance for our body, but also want approval from others in order to post pictures.

The approach of posting pictures, which was earlier to share experience has now changed to flaunting a body which everyone should admire. It has also given rise to competition among youngsters for likes, comments and followers.

This insecurity and negative self-image can lead to severe mental effects on an individual, most commonly teenage girls and women. Continuing trend may further lead to anxiety, depression and mental disorders.

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