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Real Stories of People Addicted to Selfies

How many times have you been enjoying a conversation with someone when they whip out their phone and start taking an endless amount of pictures of themselves? If it happens a lot, you just might know someone who’s addicted to selfies. As silly as a selfie addiction sounds, it can be the precursor to or an indicator of a few terrible things.

Researchers have recently begun to connect the dots between selfie addiction and OCD, body dysmorphia, and extreme depression. It turns out that all those selfies aren’t just someone screaming “look at me;” they’re also a cry for help. If you’re skeptical about whether or not someone can become addicted to taking pictures of themselves, keep reading to find real stories of people addicted to selfies.

It’s easy to forget that with every technological breakthrough comes a new way for mankind to self-destruct. With the emergence of smartphones built for selfies and the modern culture of constant updates and likes, we’re teetering on the precipice of raising a generation of extreme narcissists who won’t even realize they have a problem. To be clear, you’re not a monster if you like taking selfies, but if you find yourself spending hours a day taking hundreds of photos of yourself in order to craft the perfect selfie you might have a problem. Vote on the story of real people addicted to selfies that

To be clear, you’re not a monster if you like taking selfies, but if you find yourself spending hours a day taking hundreds of photos of yourself in order to craft the perfect picture, you might have a problem. Read these stories of real people addicted to selfies, and if you’ve hit rock bottom while staring down the camera of your phone, tell us about it in the comments.
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  • 13-Year-Old Develops OCD from Taking Selfies

    In 2016, Becky Wharton, the mother of a 13-year-old girl who is obsessed with taking pictures of herself, reached out to her daughter the only way that made sense: with a Facebook post. In the post, she mentions that because of her daughter's obsession with selfies she's given herself a form of OCD, but she hopes her teen will grow out of it. "Maybe it will wear off when Caitlan is older and isn't influenced by other people quite so much. I've got to hope that will happen. At the moment I don't know what other option we have."
  • Toddler Takes Over 600 Selfies

    Video: YouTube
    Three-year-olds can be self-obsessed too, you know! When the mother of a girl only known as "G" discovered that her daughter had taken 677 selfies with her phone, she did the only thing you can do when you want your child to grow up to be a mature, balanced adult. She edited the photos together into a video. 
  • No One Should Be Happy About Taking the Most Selfies in an Hour

    Video: YouTube
    In 2014, two vloggers "earned" themselves a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records when they took 355 pictures of themselves in one hour. We wish that this story ended with "and they never took another selfie again," but there's no way we're that lucky. 
  • Teen Takes Hundreds of Selfies at a Time

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    Shriya Patel is an 18-year-old girl who lives in England and proudly states that she takes at least one hundred photos when she's trying to nail the perfect selfie. Patel said, “I think it’s normal. People who take selfies are quite confident in themselves.” You keep saying that word, but you don't seem to know what it means.