According to the Standard Digital, 19-year-old Danny Bowman, spent "10 HOURS a day taking up to 200 snaps of himself on his iPhone." Because of his obsession, Danny dropped out of school, didn't leave his house, lost significant weight and would get angry when his parents tried to make him stop. He ultimately tried to kill himself "in a drastic attempt to escape his obsession," but was saved by his mother. Reportedly, in this day and age of social media, this kind of behaviour is no longer unusual.
[...] Danny is not some bizarre one-off case in a world where smartphone and social media obsession is spiralling upwards. The top psychiatrist at the clinic where Danny was treated revealed addiction to taking selfies is becoming so widespread it is now is a recognised mental illness.
“Danny’s case is particularly extreme,” said Dr David Veal who’s clinic has weaned the teen off his iPhone. “But this is a serious problem. It’s not a vanity issue. It’s a mental health one which has an extremely high suicide rate.”
The selfie craze has swept social media over the past five years, with stars, politicians and even Pope Francis posting shots online. Last year, the Oxford English Dictionary named it word of the year after research showed its frequency of use had soared 17,000 per cent in 12 months.
Danny is one of millions caught up by the craze — only for it to prey on his vulnerabilities.
|Hadron Collider Webcams|
|Murdoch Alert: A Firefox Plugin That Warns You When You Visit a Murdoch-Owned Media Website|
|Facebook Scrambles to Squash Worm|
|Ocean Waves in a Browser|
|redecentralize.org: Interviews With Geeks Who Are Trying to Redecentralize the Internet|
|Time Lapse of Planet Earth as Seen from the Space Station|
|“A short cut through spacetime allowing for travel over cosmic scale distances in a short period.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|“If you fell asleep in 1945 and woke up in 2018 you would not recognize the world around you.”|
|“Reliably bottling up miniature stars, inside complex machines on Earth, demands otherworldly amounts of patience.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|The Racist, Sexist Tendencies of AI|
|Read Advice People Wish They Had at Your Age|
|Timelapse of a Tesla Model 3 Being Made|
|Recycled Vacuum Lamps|
|Walking Car Concept|