Selfie Addicts Are Suffering From "Selfitis," As Mental Health Problems And Addiction From Social Media Continues To Trend 2/26/18 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle

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There seems to be more and more research that is coming out about the dangers of social media on not only teenagers, but really all age groups are having emotional and mental problems because of it.

CBS reports that on a recent study in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction that states that taking too many selfies can lead to “selfitis.”

Someone with selfitis is a person that is obsessive over taking selfies that leads them to taking them multiple times per day and posting to social media.  

And all of this selfie obsession is causing anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues.

The UK Daily Mail reports that universities are seeing a rise in students with mental health issues, with some of it related to the stress of looking happy and perfect on social media.

This is a problem that is just gonna continue to increase until something is done to reverse it.

One solution to this problem is that social media limits the number of photos a user can take per day, but we all know that’s not gonna happen, because the more you’re on their apps, the more money they make.

The quickest solution is parents getting involved and teaching kids to be more positive about themselves outside of social media.

And maybe a social media education class should be added to schools. We have sex-ed, maybe it’s time for web-ed, teaching kids how to be safe and happy online.

Unless something changes, this will be a topic that will continue to trend and go viral.

I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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Background Material:

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2018/02/21/selfi-social-media/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5424587/Social-media-websites-causing-mental-health-crisis.html

Posted on February 25, 2018 .