Taking too many selfies can make you crazy?

Not enough likes for their selfie, not happy with themselves or their body, posting again & again, checking on who looks & comments, still no good response...

Thai anti-government protesters take a selfie photograph with an Ipad at Victory monument during ongoing rallies in Bangkok on January 15, 2014. (AFP PHOTO)


Youngsters warned over 'selfie' addiction


The Department of Mental Health has warned young people who are obsessed with the popular "selfie" trend that they could lose self-confidence and that the addiction could have a negative impact on their life and work.

The selfie narcissistic culture is popular among local internet users, especially in the teenage and student groups, who post photographs of themselves online in a bid to seek approval and attention, department deputy director-general Panpimol Wipulakorn said in a statement released on Sunday. 

She claimed such behavior could lead to mental health problems in future, especially related to self-confidence, and this could unexpectedly cause a negative effect on a person's everyday life, future career and even the country’s development.   

"A selfie creates an impact, more or less, on one’s everyday life, depending on each individual. Posting photos [on social network sites] to seek approval and ‘likes’ from peers as a reward is normal human nature. Whatever people do and then get rewarded for it, they will do again,” Dr Panpimol said. 

“But the reward has varying degrees of emotional effects on each individual. Some people are happy after sharing a selfie and getting few likes, while others expect as many likes as possible and become addicted to being liked. 

“Conversely, if they feel they don’t get enough likes for their selfie as expected, they decide to post another, but still do not receive a good response. This could affect their thoughts. They can lose self-confidence and have a negative attitude toward themselves, such as feeling dissatisfied with themselves or their body.

“Paying too much attention to one’s shared selfies by continuing to check on who sees or comments on them in the hope of getting the most likes as possible is a sign that selfies are causing problems for them, including a possible lack of self-confidence,” Dr Panpimol said.

Thailand has approximately 19 million users of Facebook and 800,000 users of Instagram, according to a survey by the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA), a public organisation.

The mental health expert quoted an American psychiatrist as saying that selfies could undermine or erode one’s self-confidence and self-esteem. She added that public health officials in the UK had announced that addiction to social media such as Facebook and Twitter was an illness and more than 100 patients sought treatment every year. 

She said self-confidence is crucial as it enables people to have self-satisfaction, happiness, accept truth and not hunt for love or attention from others. 

Those losing self-confidence can feel nervous, hesitant and not happy with their life. Living under such conditions for a long time could lead to mental and emotional disturbances such as paranoia, jealousy, nitpicking and depression.    

“If Thai youth become lacking in confidence, this means they are unlikely to try new things in their lives and they will simply follow or imitate others - and that will make it hard for them to develop themselves. 

“This could affect the development of the country in the future as the number of new generation leaders will fall short. It will hinder the country’s creativity and innovation. Those in work will advance in their careers more slowly than other people [with self-confidence],” Dr Panpimol said.      

To stop from becoming a selfie addict, a person must pay attention to people and things around them in everyday life and spend time doing activities with family members and friends such as exercising, watching movies and travelling.

Dr Panpimol urged teen internet users to accept other people's differences and opinions as being equally valid as their own, as well as exercise restraint on taking selfies too frequently. 

“Taking selfies cannot be done all the time and when being in an inappropriate place and time you must force yourself to go against your will to do it. 

“If you can pass that point. Next time you will be able to control your selfie-taking behaviour,” Dr Panpimol said.


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  • activity (noun): a thing that you do for work, interest or pleasure, or in order to achieve a particular aim - กิจกรรม
  • addict (noun): a person who is very interested in something and spends a lot of their free time on it - ผู้ที่หมกมุ่นกับสิ่งใดสิ่งหนึ่ง
  • addiction: a strong need that someone feels to regularly take an illegal or harmful drug - การติดยาเสพติด
  • advance: moving forward - การเคลื่อนไปข้างหน้า
  • approval: when you have a positive opinion of someone or something - ความเห็นชอบด้วย
  • approximately: used to show that something is almost, but not completely, accurate or correct - โดยประมาณ
  • attention: interest, especially interest that the public has in a person, event, situation etc - ความสนใจ
  • behaviour: the way that someone acts or behaves - พฤติกรรม, การกระทำตัว
  • bid: an attempt to do something - ความพยายาม 
  • career: a job or series of related jobs that you do, especially a profession that you spend a lot of your working life in - อาชีพ
  • claim (noun): saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา
  • conditions: the circumstances or situation in which people live, work or do things - เหตุการณ์, สภาพการ, สถานการณ์
  • creativity: the ability to create new ideas or things using your imagination - ความสามารถในการสร้างสรรค์, ความคิดสร้างสรรค์
  • crucial (adj): extremely important because it effects the result of something - สำคัญยิ่ง
  • culture (noun): the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organization of a particular country or group - วัฒนธรรม
  • degree: an amount of something - ระดับ
  • depression: a medical condition in which a person is so unhappy that they cannot live a normal life - ความสะเทือนใจ, ความเศร้าสลด, ความหดหู่
  • deputy: a person who is given the power to do something instead of another person, or the person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง, ตัวแทน,ผู้รักษาการแทน
  • development: the gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger, etc - การพัฒนา
  • director-general: the head of a large organisation, especially a public organisation - อธิบดี
  • disturbance: an occasion during which people behave in a noisy or violent way in a public place - ก่อความไม่สงบ หรือรบกวนประชาชน
  • effect: a change that somebody/something causes in somebody/something else; a result - ผลกระทบ
  • emotional: related to strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general - มีอารมณ์
  • equally (adv): same as; evenly; the same for all - อย่างเท่ากัน
  • especially: more with one person, thing, etc. than with others, or more in particular circumstances than in others - โดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่ง
  • exercise: physical activity such as running or weight lifting to make your body strong and healthy; physical training - การออกกำลังกาย
  • hesitant (adj): slow to speak or act because you feel uncertain, embarrassed or unwilling - ลังเลใจ, สองจิตสองใจ, ไม่แน่ใจ
  • hinder: to hamper; to stop someone or something from making progess or developing - ขัดขวาง
  • hunt (verb): to look for a person or animal in order to catch them or harm them; to chase wild animals or birds in order to catch or kill them for food, sport or to make money - ตามหา, ล่า
  • impact (noun): an effect or influence - ผลกระทบ
  • inappropriate: unsuitable - ซึ่งไม่เหมาะสม
  • individual: a person considered separately rather than as part of a group - บุคคล
  • innovation: the introduction of new things, ideas or ways of doing something; a new idea, way of doing something, etc. that has been introduced or discovered - นวัตกรรม, การคิดขึ้นใหม่, สิ่งที่นำเข้ามาใหม่
  • jealousy: a feeling of unhappiness and anger because someone has something or someone that you want - ความขี้หึง, ความหึงหวง
  • local (adjective): in this country (Thailand) -
  • mental: connected with or happening in the mind; involving the process of thinking - เกี่ยวกับจิตใจ
  • mental health: the state of health of the mind - สุขภาพจิต
  • narcissistic (adj.): self-love; when people do things that show that they love themselves too much -
  • nature: the basic quality of something - ธรรมชาติของสิ่งต่างๆ
  • negative: bad - ที่เป็นด้านลบ
  • nervous: anxious about something or afraid of something - กระวนกระวาย
  • new generation: young people -
  • nitpick: to criticize small unimportant details in a way that annoys and irritates people - ทำให้เป็นอันตรายอย่างแรงสูง, ทำให้เป็นอันตรายอย่างแรงสูง
  • normal (adj.): typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect - ปกติ, ภาวะปกติ
  • obsessed: considering something as so important that you are always thinking about it, in a way that seems extreme to other people - หมกมุ่น
  • opinion: your feelings or thoughts about somebody/something, rather than a fact - ความเห็น, ความคิดเห็น, ทัศนคติ
  • paranoia (noun): extreme fright or fear, the mental disease of extreme fear - อาการทางจิตที่หวาดระแวง, , โรคจิตหวาดระแวง
  • pay attention: to watch, listen to, or consider something or someone very carefully - เอาใจใส่, สนใจ
  • peers: people who are the same age or have the same social position or the same abilities as other people in a group - เพื่อน
  • popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
  • post: to put a notice, etc. in a public place so that people can see it - ปิดประกาศ
  • public: provided, especially by the government, for the use of people in general - ของสาธารณะ
  • relate to: to be connected with something/somebody; to refer to something/somebody - เชื่อมโยงกับ
  • release: the act of making something available to the public - การนำออกแสดง, การออกวางจำหน่าย
  • reward: something given in exchange for good behaviour or good work, etc - รางวัล
  • rewarded: receiving something given in exchange for good behaviour or good work, etc - ได้รับรางวัล
  • seek approval: trying to make people like you and value you; building self-esteem -
  • self-confidence: being certain of your abilities - ความเชื่อมั่นในตนเอง, ความมั่นใจในตนเอง, ความเชื่อมั่นในความสามารถของตน,
  • selfie (noun): a photo that you take of yourself, usually using a smartphone or a small camera -
  • social network: websites or other services on the internet for communication with people who share your interests - เครือข่ายสังคม
  • statement: something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion - แถลงการณ์, คำแถลง
  • survey: to ask a large number of people questions to find out their opinions - สำรวจ
  • teenager: a person who is between the ages of 13-19 - บุคคลที่มีอายุระหว่าง 13-19 ปี, คนรุ่นหนุ่มรุ่นสาว, วัยรุ่น
  • treatment: the process of providing medical care - การรักษา
  • trend: a new development in clothing, make-up, etc - แนวโน้ม
  • truth: what is actually the situation; not lies or misrepresentations - ความจริง
  • unexpectedly (adv.): in a surprising way because you were not expecting it - อย่างไม่คาดฝัน, อย่างน่าประหลาดใจ
  • valid: reasonable and generally accepted - ที่มีเหตุผลพอ
  • vary: to be different in different situations - ปรวนแปร, เปลี่ยนแปลง, แตกต่าง
  • warn: to make someone aware of a possible problem or danger - เตือน
  • will: a determination to do something, despite any difficulties or opposition - ความตั้งใจ
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