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Take a closer look at selfies and impact on mental health

ANOTHER VIEW: Riley Connors says girls take selfies to compete with each other and agrees they’re often done for attention.
ANOTHER VIEW: Riley Connors says girls take selfies to compete with each other and agrees they’re often done for attention.

RILEY Connors sees plenty of selfies on Facebook.

The Rockhampton teenager is known to take a few herself.

But Riley wasn't surprised to hear of new research that links selfies to certain mental health conditions related to a person's obsession with their looks.

"(People who post selfies) really want people to see that they look good more than anything," she said.

Riley agreed that selfies are often taken for attention and to try to get approval.

And she admits it can create an unhealthy environment for young people who are more likely to post a selfie when they see others doing it.

"Everyone wants to see you doing good, but not better than them," she said.

Which type of selfie do you dislike the most?

This poll ended on 27 June 2014.

Gym selfie - 19%

Pet selfie - 1%

Car selfie (in the car) - 3%

Blurry selfie - 1%

'Just woke up' Selfie - 0%

'Pretending to be Asleep' selfie - 5%

Add a kid Selfie - 1%

Hospital selfie - 1%

'I'm on drugs' selfie - 3%

Duck face selfie - 32%

Pregnant bellie selfie - 9%

'I'm a gigantic whore' selfie - 9%

3D selfie (mirror behind you as you snap pic) - 3%

Drunk selfie - 1%

'I live in filth' selfie - 1%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The study by the Pew Research Center linked selfies with a social dependence that can cause very low self-esteem.

Yet other experts have likened selfies to self-portraits, used to explore identity and sense of self.

Topics:  facebook mental health selfies social media



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