Could Our Obsession With Selfies Lead To Mental Illness?


(PCM) It is no secret that nowadays selfies have become a very big pop culture trend and the snapping of a selfie photo is something that just about everyone has done at one time or another. However, now doctors and scientists are linking our obsession with selfies to more and more cases popping up of people suffering from narcissism and body image obsession.

With the up rising of social media, people are more compelled than ever before to take and post selfie images and receive near instantaneous feedback on those images as soon as they are posted online. This can have a positive or negative outcome depending on the person and their ability to take criticism on the negative side or how narcissistic they could become when given positive reinforcement.

There have been stories that have surfaced about individuals taking hundreds and hundreds of selfies per day just to find the perfect shot. When looking at the images they begin picking apart everything about their appearance which can lead to cases of body obsession. While it is true that all of us would love to try to capture the perfect image, especially when it is going to be posted in a public forum like social media, the compulsion to pick apart everything little thing that is wrong with our appearance is ultimately not a healthy behavior pattern.

Individuals are now making the basis for their overall happiness on how many likes they receive on their social media accounts, especially when it comes to selfies. Our looks and appearance can slowly build up to be the most important thing in our lives and that is the perfect breeding ground for narcissism to flourish.

The selfie obsession can also wreak havoc on a person’s self-confidence, especially if they do not receive what they feel is an adequate number of “likes” or positive commentary. It is important for us to remember that the true liking of oneself is really the only “like” we should be worried about and that all of us are uniquely beautiful in our own way and should be comfortable in our own skin.


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Eraser Challenge Game Has Students Harming Themselves

Eraser1(PCM) You have to wonder sometimes where teens even come up with the ideas for some of these crazy and dangerous games that they find appealing for some reason. The newest game that students in a Connecticut middle school are playing is called “Eraser Challenge” and it causing some concern among school administrators and parents.

The game involves teens “erasing” their skin while saying the alphabet and coming up with a word for each letter. Once the letter “Z” is reached they stop the game and compare injuries with their friends. (Yeah, sounds like a fun time to us…..NOT!)

A letter sent home with students at the Connecticut school, urged parents to speak with their children about the dangers of the game and claims that it is not just a few students who are playing, but more like dozens.

One of the main dangers or risks from playing the game is the possible sharing of bodily fluids, which could happen if any of the teens happen to break their skin during the game and the fact that they are sharing erasers with one another. It is most likely peer pressure that is causing the up rise of interest in the game among teens and it was brought to the attention of school officials by students that feared their fellow classmates safety.

It is not only Connecticut that is having a issue with the “Eraser Challenge” game. There are a ton of YouTube videos that feature teens harming themselves with erasers all around the country and it appears the game has been around for quite some time.

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The Dangers Of Chinese Tilapia: True Or False?

tilapia2(PCM) It seems that every couple of months there is news stating that consuming tilapia that has been raised and farmed from China can pose some dangerous health risks. We wanted to take a deeper look and see what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to America’s favorite farmed fish.

One major rumor that is constantly circulating is that Chinese tilapia is raised on both chicken and pig feces. Unfortunately this rumor does appear to be true, as due to the increased demand for farmed fish and the cutthroat practices of competing farmers many tilapia farmers are forced to cut corners.  Feeding the tilapia chicken and pig feces rather than fish food is a much cheaper alternative for the farmers, however it is definitely not the healthier option.

The feeding of animal feces to the tilapia makes them incredibly susceptible to various bacterial infections such as samonella and E.Coli. It is even claimed that the large amounts of antibiotics that the fish are given to ward off these possible infections causes they strains that they do catch incredibly hard to eradicate.

There are definitely some good and healthy aquaculture ponds that are being used to raise tilapia in Asia, however back as early as 2013 the number was approximately 50% of ponds that use feces feeding practices for their fish. The problem is that there are thousands of large, multi-national, joint venture companies and farms in China that are using state of the art equipment and safe farming practices up against millions of small independent farms and companies that often will use cheaper and less sanitary farming techniques to keep their business afloat.

China is the world’s largest producers of tilapia and about 40% is exported to the U.S., it would be nearly impossible to distinguish what type of processing plant or farm the tilapia was initially raised. Most grocery chains are required to place a label on the packaging that alerts consumers that the origins of the fish came from China.

Over the years the FDA has only thoroughly inspected about 3% of the fish that is imported in from China and nearly 30% of the seafood consumed in the U.S. comes from Asian countries. When pressed for comments the FDA defended their inspection standards claiming   ”The FDA’s priority is to ensure that both domestic and imported seafood sold in the United States is safe. The agency uses a multifaceted and risk-informed seafood safety program that relies on various measures of compliance. For imported seafood, these measures include inspecting foreign processing facilities, sampling seafood offered for import into the United States, domestic surveillance sampling of imported products, inspections of seafood importers, evaluations of filers of seafood products, foreign country program assessments, and information shared from our international partners and FDA overseas offices.”

The FDA also claims that the practice of feces feeding in tilapia aquaculture ponds is false and that the practice would be a direct violation of standard FDA food safety requirements and there for not be allowed into the U.S., however there is still some concern over the amount on antibiotics used by the Chinese to treat their aquaculture ponds.

While the issue of safe tilapia is highly debated, our advice is better safe than sorry and go with domestically raised seafood.

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