Selfie craze squeezing sensitivity out of Indian teenagers

If you are among those parents who are constantly worried about your young ones being occupied with selfies, the moment you are out on a family dinner or holidaying, brace yourself for worse to come.

Selfie phones and selfie sticks are no longer just a convenience but considered the new symbol of self-absorption, say experts, adding that the selfie fever can further isolate this generation and those to come.

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Indian teenagers taking a selfie at a garden in Jaipur.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan recently said he was left disgusted by the insensitivity of young fans who surrounded him and began clicking selfies while he was attending the cremation of a friend.

“Disgusting! No respect for the departed, or for the moment,” Bachchan later posted in a tweet.

“If Big B is disgusted, he is not alone. Recently, I saw a teenager who took selfie with his friend’s mother who was on ventilator and posted it on Facebook. This is such a stony-hearted approach,” laments Dr Madhuri Singh, consulting psychiatrist at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital in Mumbai.

“The selfie craze is pulling sensitivity out of Indian teenagers’ minds,” she told media Sources.

For Dr (Brig) S. Sudarsanan, senior consultant psychiatrist at BLK Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, taking selfies on sad or solemn occasions is certainly an uncultured behavior and needs to be discouraged.

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“I would still not consider selfie behavior as an addiction, which implies many other behavioral changes like craving, withdrawal symptoms, disregarding all other interests, relationships and activities. But, yes, excessive or extremes of such behavior warrant counselling,” he said.

A while ago, the news after a Venezuelan student obstetrician sparked outrage who posted a selfie in front of a woman in labour. He cheekily captioned the selfie with, “Lady I can deliver your baby but first let me take a selfie”.

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