Thailand Selfie Catastrophe: Phone Photo Epidemic Will Lead To Country's Downfall
Underappreciation of selfies will, if drastic measures are not taken immediately, lead to the downfall of Thailand, the country's Department of Health said Sunday.
According to Thai government psychiatrist Dr. Panpimol Wipulakorn, lack of Facebook "Likes" on selfies is smothering the confidence of Thailand's young people, who are unable to look themselves in the mirror, let alone hold down a job, if the photos they post on social media are not given adequate praise.
"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," Dr. Wipulakorn told the Bangkok Post (via TIME Magazine). "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."
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 something isn't done about the current selfie plague, Thailand is destined to become a fourth world country, Dr. Wipulakorn warned. "This [selfie catastrophe] 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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