If we look at the facts, we cannot as there are not. But if we look around, taking selfies is the activity, most number of people have involved themselves in. Especially, the youth of Jammu has been the most affected by the selfie mania. More contagious than influenza, the symptoms of this new craze has been observed in children as young as twelve. Science has not been able to develop a vaccine for this ailment, nor has any anti-biotic successfully treated it. The elders are worried as they fear the speculations on the facile qualities creeping into our society. With major symptoms such as carelessness, daredevil stunts and trying to look unique; this ‘selfie flu’ has even caused deaths of people.
With almost everyone carrying smart phone, selfie quickly became the new ‘áutograph’. A lot of people began taking selfies with famous personalities. Make-up artists, adventure freaks too often posted selfies to showcase their new accomplishments to the world.
But, a common sight of ‘Bahu Plaza’ which is the selfie capital of the region, a plethora of teen girls and boys are seen taking selfies. One selfie – not enough, not even two or three but until the world’s most ravishing picture has been captured then and there; clicking selfies doesn’t stop. Then, after a few steps ahead, the urge to click selfie rises again and the process repeats. A hundred selfies to finally get a ‘special one’ to post over social media. This is how the young blood of Jammu spends his time productively, judiciously and efficiently. Of course sports, academics, creative hobbies and other co-curricular activities are useless. They don’t make you popular, right?
The appeal of selfies comes from how easy they are to create and share, and the control they give self-photographers over how they present themselves. Many selfies are intended to present a flattering image of the person, especially to friends whom the photographer expects to be supportive. The practice of taking selfies has been criticised not only for being narcissistic, preventing assessment and appreciation of what is happening in the present, but also for being mindlessly conformist behaviour, when everyone does what everyone else is doing.
Moreover, people have a tendency to go to great lengths to make an impression. Many incidents have been reported in which people have gotten injured, and even died while trying to take a selfie in daredevil stunts. Recently, a youth in Jammu almost lost his life after falling into a gorge when he was trying to click a selfie from the roadside barrier. It’s important that we look at ourselves not just from the front camera of the smart phone, but an outer perspective. We’d realise our actions aren’t the ones we ought to.
CAUSING MENTAL DISORDERS
Earlier last year a Youth fell to death while taking selfie from Reasi Fort, Jammu
Trying to take a selfie atop a fort proved fatal for a youth as he fell from there and died in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said here on Saturday. The deceased, identified as Abhishek Gupta (20), went to the Reasi Fort along with his three friends yesterday, a police official said here.
Abhishek climbed to the top of the fort to take a selfie. Suddenly, he slipped and fell on a boulder resulting into head injuries, said police. He was rushed to the district hospital in Reasi where doctors declared him as brought dead, the official said.
This year a kashmir boy was crushed to death while he was attempting to click selfie during a train ride in Srinagar.
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY
An infatuation with selfies has sparked a drastic increase in Smartphone sales in India. It also has marked a spike in “selfie deaths” resulting from people taking dangerous photos, including with deadly animals or in the process of committing reckless acts.
In May, 15-year-old Ramandeep Singh died in Punjab after shooting himself with his father’s 32-calibre pistol while taking a selfie. In July, an unnamed 16-year-old died in the city of Chennai while trying to take a picture in front of an oncoming train. A railway police officer called it “a freak accident.”
Sanjay Srivastava, a sociology professor in New Delhi, told that “There is a craze about selfies in India. The young people want to impress others, and they don’t even care about the dangers. They want to be seen as daring.”