The Dangers of Selfie Culture and How You Can Help Your Kids. “I only got 10 likes in the last 5 minutes. Do you think I should take it down? Let me take another selfie.” – Lyrics from “Let Me Take a Selfie” by Chainsmokers Let me take a selfie. Oxford Dictionaries declared “selfie” the “Word of the Year” in 2013 because the frequency of the word’s use had increased 17,000 percent over the previous 12 months. Now, just three years later, mental health professionals, educators, researchers, and parents share increasing concerns of the impact of the selfie culture on children and teens. With more than 1.5 billion human beings owning smart phones, almost all of which are equipped with a rear-facing camera, it’s not surprising that the selfie is part of our language and culture.
“It seems like taking selfies is ubiquitous and therefore kids most certainly are learning that this is what trusted loved ones do,” Annunziato says. “But I think the pitfalls occur when kids become unduly focused on how they look and how others perceive them. Dr. What can we do?