Could selfies be a sign of mental illness?
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 23:40:01 GMT —
Taking a selfie involves taking a picture of yourself, and most people have done it by now or have at least seen someone do it. But some articles suggest taking a selfie means you're self absorbed or have low self-esteem.
Contrary to what we've heard, there's no proof that selfies correlate to mental illness or narcissism, according to Angel Onley-Livingston, a licensed counselor in Conway.
"Just because they're taking a selfie, which may mean a little bit of narcissism characteristics, does not mean that they're narcissistic," said Livingston.
Livingston said it depends on the emotions of the person who is taking the selfie. She said as long as they aren't affected by the outcome after posting to social media and stay connected to reality, selfies just show where the person is or what he or she is doing.
Although she said selfies can be an underlying problem if it starts affect your life.
"If that is keeping them from their life, taking care of themselves, taking care of others, going to work, going to school, being able to leave the house, that may be an issue," said Livingston.
Hayley Belk, 17, and Jordan Lynn Judd, 16, said they post selfies on social media for fun, but do hold a standard for the number of likes they receive on Instagram. If they don't get enough likes, sometimes they will take the picture down.
"Over 25 I'll keep it up, said Belk." "Like 45, we got 85 on our selfie today," said Judd.
Livingston urges parents to watch over their children if they are taking selfies and posting them to social media solely as a safety precaution. It can give too much information away about your child, like where he or she lives, or which school he or she attends.