Did you know that June 21 is National Selfie Day? According to a 2018 study, 62% of adults in the US have taken a selfie (YouGov, 2018). While taking a picture is not bad, some studies indicate that selfies are bad for our emotional health and well-being (Zetlin, 2019). The effects of taking selfies are especially hard on those between the ages of 14 and 24. Young people often experience a fear of missing out and lower self-image after being" faced with a stream of (often enhanced) photographs" (Zetlin, 2017).
Want to change your selfie habit? Check out one of the recommended titles below:
YouGov. (August 21, 2018). Share of adults in the United States who have ever taken a selfie as of August 2018 [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved May 20, 2021, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/683933/us-adults-shared-selfie/
Zetlin, M. (2019). Taking selfies destroys your confidence and raises anxiety, a study shows. Why are you still doing it? Inc. https://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/taking-selfies-anxiety-confidence-loss-feeling-unattractive.html
Zetlin, M. (2017). Want to raise emotionally healthy kids? Try to keep them off these two social networks. Inc. https://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/instagram-and-snapchat-are-the-worst-social-networks-for-your-childrens-mental-h.html