If you think you’re obsessed with selfie, wait till you read what this man has done.
In 2014, Danny Bowman from Newcastle, then 19 years old, was so desperate to find the perfect angle for his selfie that he snapped well over 200 selfie shots a day, which took 10 hours.
He has addicted to selfie since he was 15 years old. A model wannabe, with Leonardo Di Caprio as his idol (come to think of it, he does look like a younger version of Leonardo Di Caprio, no?), his addiction started and went out of control when he was rejected at a casting session in a modelling agency.
For six months, he did not leave his house and spent most of his waking hours taking the perfect selfie shot. He lost about 12 kg during his obsession, and when his parents tried to stop him by confiscating his phone, he got aggressive instead.
When he realized he couldn’t find the perfect shot, he tried to kill himself with an overdose. His mother found him and finally, he managed to treat his addiction after intensive hospital therapy.
Now that he is no longer addicted, he is speaking out about his experience so that people would not fall into the trap. He told UK daily newspaper Mirror, “I was constantly in search of taking the perfect selfie and when I realised I couldn’t I wanted to die. I lost my friends, my education, my health and almost my life.”
Selfie, which was the word of the year in 2013 by Oxford English Dictionary, has caused more deaths than shark attacks. Danny told the paper how he felt during his obsession: “The only thing I cared about was having my phone with me so I could satisfy the urge to capture a picture of myself at any time of the day.”
“People don’t realise when they post a picture of themselves on Facebook or Twitter it can so quickly spiral out of control. It becomes a mission to get approval and it can destroy anyone…It’s a real problem like drugs, alcohol or gambling. I don’t want anyone to go through what I’ve been through.”
Danny, you have my support!
Featured Image: independent.co.uk
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