Thailand Selfie Catastrophe: Phone Photo Epidemic Will Lead To Country's Downfall

  • Peter Black , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Feb, 10, 2014, 01:02 PM
Tags : thailand, selfie
(Photo : Reuters/Stringer Thailand) Selfies will lead to the downfall of Thailand, says Thai government.

Underappreciation of selfies will lead to the downfall of Thailand, the country's Department of Health said Sunday.

According to Thai doctor Panpimol Wipulakorn, lack of Facebook "Likes" on selfies is smothering the confidence of Thailand's young people, killing jobs and shredding the fabric of Thai society.

"Dr. Panpimol Wipulakorn warned that young Thais who post pictures of themselves on social media but don't receive enough positive feedback are encountering emotional problems," Time reported, "which in turn is creating a dearth of well-balanced citizens and could eventually spell trouble ahead for the Southeast Asian nation."

Selfie addiction has been endemic in Thailand for quite some time. It's unclear why the Southeast Asian country is so selfie-obsessed, as the vast majority of Thais are Buddhist, a religion that promotes ego death.

"If they feel they don't get enough Likes for their selfie as expected, they decide to post another, but still do not receive a good response," said Dr. Wipulakorn. "This could affect their thoughts. They can lose self-confidence and have a negative attitude toward themselves, such as feeling dissatisfied with themselves or their body."

This insecurity will affect job growth, sexual relationships and charismatic authority, Dr. Wipulakorn warned. "This could affect the development of the country in the future as the number of new-generation leaders will fall short," she said. "It will hinder the country's creativity and innovation."

Ultimately, the key to avoiding selfie-self-destruction is to somehow avoid the overwhelming urge to take pictures of oneself to begin with, Dr. Wipulakorn said. And the best way to do that is to stop attending social gatherings altogether.

"If you can pass that point [of never leaving the house]," Dr. Wipulakorn advised, "next time you will be able to control your selfie-taking behavior."

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