Here are four selfie related stories that caught
my attention this week.
1. I overheard a man in his mid twenties talking
to his male companion.
He said that he had always thought himself to be
OK looking. Not handsome, but OK. However, after a series of selfies, he now
considered himself to be “**** ugly”.
2. A friend told me that a couple if days ago,
she received the dreaded call from the school nurse. Her daughter (12) had run
into a fire door and broken one of her front teeth.
On arriving at school, her tearful daughter
showed her the jagged front tooth and cried:
"It’s really bad. I’ll will never be able to take
a selfie again”.
Luckily, the dentist was able to repair the tooth
and it is almost impossible to tell it was damaged.
3. Currently, the week old no make up selfie campaign (#nomakeupselfie) has
raised over 8 million pounds for Cancer Research. The money was raised by
individuals posting makeup free images of themselves on Facebook and/or Twitter
and donating £3 to the charity.
The campaign was devised by 18 year old Fiona
Cunningham, after family members lost their fight against cancer.
Approximately 2 million women from around the
world, including TV presenters Kirstie Allsopp and Holly Willoughby have
uploaded their selfie.
Cancer Research UK said it had been surprised by the “unprecedented” increase in
donations in response to the unofficial campaign.
4. On Monday we learned about 19 year old Danny
Bowman (ITV's Daybreak). Danny became so obsessed with the task of taking the
perfect selfie; the desire became an addiction.
In an attempt to capture the perfect picture,
Danny ended up taking 200 selfie’s a day. He even dropped out of school, became
a recluse (he did not leave home for six months) and lost two stones in weight.
“I was constantly in search of taking the perfect
selfie”, said Danny. “When I realised I couldn’t I wanted to die. I lost my
friends, my education, my health and almost my life.
"Well, perfection is impossible," Danny admitted.
He is now getting help for his addiction.
Until these four closely timed incidents, we had
not realised just how prevalent selfies had become. They are clearly playing an
increasingly important role in society, one that can significantly affect an
individual's body image and view of their own attractiveness.
We can therefore expect many more stories, along
similar lines, in the not too distant future.