What’s the true danger of teen selfie-snapping? Not that they’ll be embarrassed of their online footprint later in life. Not that they might take a risqué picture that falls in the wrong hands. The more immediate consequence of taking regular selfies is an increased change of getting lice. Yes, lice.
“[T]eens are sticking their heads together every day to take cell phone pics,” explained Marcy McQuillan of Nitless Noggins, a lice treatment facility. (Doesn’t she mean usies?) Teens and their obsession with capturing every moment on Instagram has led to a tenfold increase in lice cases in the past few years, claims McQuillan. She’s disturbed by the fact that she’s getting more business from high schoolers and college students than middle schoolers and even goes so far as to call teen selfie-taking an “addiction” with real “consequences.”
“Every teen I’ve treated, I ask about selfies, and they admit that they are taking them every day…I think parents need to be aware, and teenagers need to be aware too. Selfies are fun, but the consequences are real,” McQuillan said.
Duly noted. [SFist]
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