February, 14 2014 09:09:06

What do you think of the "selfie" culture and the Thai warnings?

According to a recent article published in the Bangkok Post, the Thai Department of Mental Health has warned young people to stop becoming obsessed by the "selfie" trend.

It warned young people that posting photographs of themselves online to seek attention could indicate an addiction and lead to mental-health problems. It said the habit could indicate lack of self-confidence and have a negative impact on their life and work.

Thailand is not alone in witnessing the growth of the narcissistic culture. It has become global. Even US President Barack Obama was photographed taking a "selfie" with other world leaders last December.

Vietnamese youngsters have also developed an interest of taking photos of themselves and posting them on Facebook to attract "likes".

What do you think of the "selfie" culture and the Thai warnings? Do you think the "selfie" habit indicates an undeclared problem?

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Craig - craig.stalker@hotmail.co.uk   Craig
December, 19 2014 09:29:48
A slight correction for trang tran,,, Selfie was added to OxfordDictionaries.com in August 2013. Selfie is not yet in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), but is currently being considered for future inclusion.
John Haywood - codeauthors@gmail.com   John Haywood
October, 30 2014 21:03:37
It's just a fad, a trend even though it is popular. I certainly don't think it leads to 'mental health' problems (has there even been a study completed to use as a source for such a claim?). My only concern regarding selfies applies to any picture - once on the internet, it stays there forever! Would you want future employers finding your pictures? Would you want anyone stealing your pictures to use for identity fraud or to create fake profiles for dating websites?
Pham Kieu Giang - giangpu2000@gmail.com   Pham Kieu Giang
March, 14 2014 22:53:21
Dear Vietnam News, my name is Giang. I'm 14 years old. I'm studying at Truong chinh School in HCM city. Today, I'm going to tell you my thoughts about how bad Selfie culture is. Selfie is a trend, which is popular with teenagers nowadays. However., they don't know that increased sharing of selfies leads to decreased feelings of connection and closeness.When you post your selfie on Facebook or Twitter, the hackers may block into your account and use your selfie to do bad things. Furthermore, you can be addicted to this trend.My friend is an example. She always takes care of her look to take gorgeous selfies but nọt focusing on studying. Of course, her grades are very bad. So in conclusion, I think we must decrease taking selfies to improve ourselves in the best ways.
Trinh Nguyen Hong Phu - firephoenix2001@gmail.com   Trinh Nguyen Hong Phu
March, 08 2014 11:30:25
Dear Vietnam News, My name is Phu. I'm 13 years old. I am studying at British Vietnamese International School (BVIS) in HCM City. Today, I'm writing to discuss how kids my ages are spending two much times on Facebook and the Selfie culture might affect them and this issue has been worldwide and the problems to many familes. In my opinion, we should stop kids using Facebook or shorten the times they're spending on it because they might get addicted to Facebook. Furthermore, Facebook is a dangerous place where friends are fake and they trick you to do something bads and even worse. Moreover, it is a place where people feelings are hurt by being bullied. There is also selfie and narcissism going on. In addition, Facebook has a privacy problems. Hackers can easily hack your profile and use it. So in conclusion, in order to stop the issue of overusing Facebook, I think teachers and parents should monitor their children of the time their going on Facebook.
trang tran - trang.sabrina@gmail.com   trang tran
February, 20 2014 10:53:15
Selfie has become a popular trend all over the world. It even became a new word added to Oxford dictionary in 2013. Teenages are the main group of interest of this trend. They are young and might not acknowledge the bad side or the consequences of their images on the internet. The Thai warning might make sense when teens become addicted to the trend and consider it the essential thing in life. The main aim of those selfies is to receive good comments for their look. Gradually they might become shallow in their thought or have low self-esteem.
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