In March of 2014 the Adobo Chronicles published an article on American Psychiatric Association Makes It Official: ‘Selfie a Mental Disorder.’ They also indicated that the word selfitis, the obsessive-compulsive urge to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media would be added to the Oxford Dictionaries. This report was false, but it shouldn’t be.
The chronic obsession with selfies has killed at least 24 people this year, with more to die before year’s end. How many people must die before we recognize this disease?
Wikipedia maintains a list of selfie-related injuries and deaths and the Russian government has published a brochure to prevent selfie deaths. The actual cause of death in these cases is quite varied, ranging from taking a photo of a live hand grenade to falling off a cliff, but the one thing these deaths have in common is the selfie.
As a partial solution, I propose that all cell phones be labelled clearly indicating the hazardous nature of this product. In addition, a selfie tax with a fee levied every time a selfie is posted to Facebook would discourage this dangerous behavior. Banning selfies and confiscating camera phones is probably not possible.
What do you think?