‘I, me, myself and selfie’ obsession

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Selfie deaths — that usually happen when someone is so intent on taking a selfie that he (or she) breaches danger zones without a thought.

News about the destructive obsession with the self, which, these days, technically translates into taking selfies, trickles in almost daily.

Selfie deaths — that usually happen when someone is so intent on taking a selfie that he (or she) breaches danger zones without a thought — have been rising at an alarming rate, prompting authorities, the world over, to issue warnings and rewrite safety codes. Of late, a new selfie has been going viral: that of a young woman posing with a (drunkenly) passed out stranger on her bed.

According to reports, the woman returned home to her apartment in Dubai to discover the man (who had managed to sneak into her place for a nap, with some help from the building security guard) asleep on her bed. Instinctively, she reached for her phone and — before calling the cops — clicked a selfie with the unwanted guest on her bed and posted it on social media.

It was perhaps a very pragmatic reflex action, a classic case of thinking on her feet, securing evidence and perpetuating it virally.

But this act does make us think about the preponderance of smartphone-propelled photography in our lives — over the human (at times, even humane) factor.

Smartphone photography has enabled us all to turn into observers and preservers of selves and our social milieu. And because it’s almost as simple as breathing, we often don’t hear the gasps for help. –Khaleej Times

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