Culture of display

Cognitive behavioral therapy is often used to help patients moderate their obsessive behaviors related to their appearance. The report went on to add that BDD sufferers can spend hours taking photos that have no flaws or flaws (by applying numerous filters!) In an extreme case of the condition, British teen Danny Bowman attempted suicide. because he wasn’t happy with how he looked in the selfies he was taking (Daily Mail, April 10, 2014).

Dr. Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center in Boston Massachusetts, in her article: Understanding selfies writes, “Selfies often induce perceptions of self-indulgence or attention-seeking social dependence that heighten the ‘damn-if-you-do-and-damn-if-you-don’t’ specter of either narcissism or very low self-esteem” (Psychology Today).

In another study, ‘Let me take a selfie’: Associations between self-photography, narcissism and self-esteem’, carried by Barry et al and published in Psychology of Popular Media Culture (2015), a significant association was found between some dimensions of narcissism and specific categories of selfies taken by participants.

As such, the disease “Selfitis” is under investigation and its various forms are categorized into several well-established mental disorders. From BDD to low self-esteem to narcissism to megalomania to megalomania to feelings of inferiority complex, the “selfitis” becomes chronically endemic, deadly and literally suicidal.

Years ago it was reported that ‘more people have died this year from taking selfies than from shark attacks’ (The Telegraph). Shocking Incidents Happen While Taking Selfies. In 2015, at least 27 selfie-related deaths were recorded worldwide, nearly half of which were in India. Since then, the numbers have been rising.

Surprisingly, most of the people who died taking selfies were young people, the so-called digital natives or popularly known as “millennials.” It is indicative of currently predominant concepts in societies. The Culture of displayfrom one’s pseudo-status and pseudo-relations to pseudo-wealth, is overwhelmingly approved and established, especially on social media.

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