If you have a pulse, then you have not only heard of the term ‘selfie,’ but you have also taken one. Perhaps you didn’t personally take one, but you were in one with someone – most likely a girl. Now, selfies aren’t all bad – I mean, who doesn’t mind scrolling through their newsfeed only to see photo after photo of gorgeous women looking their best, usually with cleavage? But, do you know that this seemingly innocent act is actually putting you at risk of brain cancer?
Recent studies show that the risk of developing solid intracranial neoplasms, or cancerous tumors in the brain, are higher in those who take constant selfies with their smartphones, than those who do not participate in capturing selfies*.
Cell phones have hundreds of electronically circuited molecules, which are comprised of lead and other dangerous metals. These products have been the source of various cancers of the body for years, yet we use them every day, store them in our pockets, and hold them up to our heads and faces. The most recent research conducted by Dr. Stanton Emerson of the WIT Department of Oncology has shown a defined increase in cancerous brain tumors from those who take “selfie” photographs, and the numbers are not good.
If you are curious as to how else selfies are killing you, keep reading!
Selfies Are Killing You In More Ways Than One!
In addition to Dr. Stanton’s shocking research on the link between taking selfies and brain cancer, there are other ways selfies are killing you. It is no coincidence that pride is one of the seven deadly sins. According to Greek Mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection, and unable to look away ultimately lost the will to live and died.
This is strikingly similar to a modern day tragedy about a British male teenager who attempted suicide after he failed to take the perfect selfie. Danny Bowman became so obsessed with capturing the perfect selfie, that he spent 10 hours a day taking up to 200 selfies. The 19-year-old lost nearly 30 pounds, dropped out of school and did not leave the house for six months in his quest to get the perfect picture of himself – even taking at least 10 pictures immediately after waking up. Frustrated at his attempts to take the one image he wanted, Bowman eventually tried to take his own life by overdosing**.
And, to add to the irony, the more selfies you take, the older you’re making yourself look! Dermatologists now believe that regularly exposing the face to the light and electromagnetic radiation from smartphones can damage the skin, speeding up ageing and promoting wrinkles. Some experts think that electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones ages skin by damaging the DNA. It can cause breaks in the DNA strand which can prevent skin repairing itself and place oxidative stress on cells***.
So, in case making yourself look older hasn’t scared you away from taking constant selfies, perhaps the increased risk of mental health conditions, or becoming a ‘selfie addict’ has. But more than that and the scariest of all is the possibility of getting brain cancer from your phone addiction and narcissism.
Even though our phones are attached to us these days and it’s just not practical to get rid of them, there are ways you can help to reduce the impact of cell phone radiation, which can cause damage to our DNA and radiative brain absorption. This report outlines the following tips in detail:
- Text or use Bluetooth instead of calling
- Turn your phone off at night
- Don’t wear your phone (in your pocket, in your bra, in your pants…)
- Use a protector shield – this will help reduce the radiation from selfies
- Limit use around children or if pregnant
Look, even if you aren’t taking tons of selfies a day, cell phones carry a significant amount of radiation so it’s important to exercise as much caution as possible.