Proof that selfies are bad for your health

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Are selfies really bad for you? Scientists and psychologists give a resounding 'yes' answer.

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Katy Perry recently called selfies a 'disease' at Coachella and it seems she may have been onto something as science says they are damaging our lives.

Apart from being downright irritating, there are many medical and psychological reasons why obsessive selfie taking is making your life worse.

Let's examine the evidence...

Are selfies bad for you?


  • A new study at the University of Strathclyde found that looking at selfies has a strong link between women and negative feelings about body image, reports The Telegraph.

  • In fact, David Veale, a consultant psychiatrist at The Priory Hospital, says two out of three patients he sees with Body Dysmorphic Disorder have a compulsion to repeatedly take selfies.

  • They increase feelings of low self worth, as selfies have exacerbated that idea that unless your pictures "are getting noticed, you're no one," says Dr Apter, a psychology lecturer at Cambridge University.

  • Selfies have been linked to an increased number of cases of headlice in adults, reports Marcy McQuillan, a lice expert, as people are increasingly putting their heads together to get into photos. Itchy itchy itchy head.

  • Selfies are also not doing your street cred any favours, as a recent trend report by Vapestick found that 68% people didn't think selfies were cool anymore. Ouch.

  • They can damage your relationships as researchers at Birmingham Business School found posting too many selfies alienates your close friends and family.

Well that settles that then. Anything to add? Tweet us @handbagcom

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