Selfies.. good or bad?📱 We’ve all taken one if not seen one at some point in our lives, but what’s the impact to our health? The selfie culture is an area that has been researched and studied extensively.
Some researchers believe that selfies can be empowering and display self-love or even be a self-esteem booster. However, when done too regularly there are some distinct adverse effects on our health.
The selfie culture has propagated an undue focus on the way we look and are perceived to others. It has also opened up avenues for comparison and self-evaluation and at times can cause bullying. Which, for vulnerable groups such as children, this can actually harm self-esteem and body image. Similarly, for those who put a high value on validation from others, may suffer also if they have not received the desired feedback. In extreme cases, we’re also seeing the rise of selfie deaths whereby photos have been taken in extreme situations.
Safe to say it’s always best to selfie in moderation as not only can they be addictive but they may also cause harm in excess.
If you do feel that you are suffering from a selfie addiction or would like help in dealing with any of the topics raised, please pop by and see me in clinic.
One of my specialties is sexual health. Did you know that only 34% of young people have ever had a sexually transmitted infection (STI) test?
STI rates are increasing in Queensland and you can help reduce this. Testing is simple and easy and could involve a urine test, a swab or a blood test.
It’s important to check for STI’s at least once a year or after each new partner. Treatment is available and depending on the infection it could just mean a course of antibiotics. If left untreated, you’re at risk of spreading it to others but can also lead to long term health effects such as trouble conceiving later in life.
Don’t sit on it, test it!
If you’d like any more information or would like to get tested pop by and see me in clinic.