A British teenager, who survived a near fatal Selfie addiction is now sharing his story in the hopes that it will promote others to change their camera habits.
A British teenager, who survived a near fatal Selfie addiction, is now sharing his story in the hopes that it will promote others to change their social media habits.
19-year-old Danny Bowman’s life spiraled out of control over the course of two years because of his incessant photo taking. Bowman would post all his snapshots to his Facebook page. Sadly, his social media friends spewed hateful comments, so he set out to gain positive feedback and approval from them.
Said Bowman ‘I would be so high when someone wrote something nice but gutted when they wrote something unkind.’ His Selfie habit became an addition following an agency casting session in 2011, when he was informed he had the wrong body shape and skin to be a model.
Bowman started taking shot after shot until he got the perfect picture, sometimes as many as 200 a day. He would wake up early for school just to take dozens of photos only spend hours picking them apart.
When at school, Bowman would sneak to the bathroom to take more photos of himself. He was constantly landing in trouble, so he quit school and soon lost 28 pounds.
The Selfie addiction even led to a suicide attempt. Fortunately his mother rushed him to a hospital and saved his life. He later started seeing a psychiatrist at a London Hospital.
Bowman has now gone 7 months without taking a Selfie and he vows to never put himself in the same situation again.