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Say cheese, but beware: Selfies can lead to serious health issues

Researchers have called for the introduction of “no selfie zones” around hotspots, such as tall buildings.



Say cheese, but beware: Selfies can lead to serious health issues
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Selfies have become increasingly popular in recent years, with people taking photos of themselves to capture memories or to show off to friends and family. However, while selfies may seem harmless, they can actually be hazardous to your health in several ways.

In Australia and the US, selfie takers tend to be injured or killed while solo, and commonly in locations very difficult for emergency services to access. In countries such as India and Pakistan, selfie takers are more likely to die, tragically, as a group, especially near bodies of water, such as lakes.

This piece of writing will explore the various ways in which selfie-taking can be harmful to your health.

Selfies can cause physical injuries

One of the most common hazards of taking selfies is physical injuries. According to a study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, between 2011 and 2017, there were 259 selfie-related deaths worldwide.

Many of these deaths were caused by people taking selfies in dangerous locations or situations, such as standing on the edge of a cliff or taking a selfie while driving. In addition to deaths, many people have also suffered from physical injuries such as fractures, cuts, and bruises while taking selfies.

Selfies can cause mental health issues

Another hazard of taking selfies is the impact they can have on mental health. Research has shown that people who take a lot of selfies may be more likely to experience anxiety, depression, and body image issues. This is because selfies can create a pressure to look perfect and present a certain image to the world.

Additionally, constantly taking selfies and seeking validation from social media can create an addiction to social media and negatively impact mental health.

Selfies can cause eye strain

Taking selfies can also cause eye strain, particularly if you take them for extended periods or in low-light conditions. The constant staring at the screen can lead to eye fatigue, headaches, and even blurred vision.

Additionally, using the flash on your camera can cause temporary blindness, particularly if you take photos in low-light environments.

Selfies can cause radiation exposure

Finally, taking selfies can expose you to harmful radiation from your phone's electromagnetic field (EMF). EMF radiation has been linked to a range of health issues, including cancer, infertility, and cognitive problems.

While the level of radiation from a single selfie is likely to be low, repeated exposure over time can accumulate and lead to health problems.

While selfies may seem like a harmless way to capture memories, they can actually be hazardous to your health in several ways. From physical injuries to mental health issues, eye strain, and radiation exposure, taking selfies can have a negative impact on your health.

To avoid these hazards, it is important to take selfies in safe locations, limit the amount of time spent on social media, and take breaks from phone use to reduce eye strain and radiation exposure. By being aware of these hazards and taking steps to reduce your risk, you can continue to enjoy taking selfies without harming your health.