A controversial study has parents, the public, and 99.999% of Facebook users concerned and looking in the mirror - only this time without their smartphone
WCNN - Lifestyle and Opinion Correspondent
September 3, 2014
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Due to the number of selfies being taken, the prolific amount of selfies already found on the internet, and the almost compulsive nature of selfie-taking by many people, a study was launched and the results were surprising. Usually results come back with results that don't surprise, they mainly validate the popular understanding of something, and other times, the results are inconclusive. Regardless of the study, it's rare when the results don't simply flutter around radio stations for a few days only to drop off never to be referenced again. In this case however, not only are the results anticipated to be around a long time, but a large majority of people are nervous, scared, confused, and calling for action.
In a study conducted by Little Pete Research Facility and Free Clinic headed by renowned researcher and psychiatrist Dr. Dick Fatterpaker, a table was released with the findings. Here is an abbreviated version of the study produced for the media:
We have found that two out of three patients with Body Dysmorphic Disorder have a compulsion to repeatedly take and post selfies to websites - generally social media - such as Facebook and Google +. This comes from the need to glamorize themselves based on their own concerns of outward appearance. Simply put, these people have issues with how they look, so they continue to post pictures of themselves. We also found a high correlation to selfies and narcissism where the participant had no signs of insecurity with their body - in fact the opposite - they think they are so beautiful that they truly feel everyone should look at them. These people are, subsequently, the ugliest people that no one really wants to see.
That was the story published for the media. WCNN via an exclusive and unnamed source gained the full unedited copy of the study, and it is clear...science is two-faced.
After a multi-national 6 year long study of over 1 million participants, we have determined that those who take selfies fall into one of the following categories: