Apparently, last year more people were killed taking selfies than were killed in shark attacks (the Philippines is the selfie capital of the world, by the way....)
But the obsession with self can result in more insecurities and provoke precisely the kind of uncertainty and self-questioning behaviour of the characteristic teen - "teen brain" in other words.
This begs an interesting question and one which PR agencies grapple with whenever they have a client who targets this most slippery and difficult of demographics. How can those of us who are not teens know just what the teen population thinks, loves, hates, idolises? By the time teen culture has hit mainstream, the teen has moved on. And by definition, the "cult of me" lets nobody else in.
Some time ago, Elsa Godart - a French psychoanalyst and philosopher - treated a young girl who had taken semi-naked pictures of herself that went viral. The girl was distraught (the pictures were intended for her boyfriend alone) "and it all came down to this momentary lapse of consciousness," Godart explains, "a moment so powerful that all critical thought was suspended - along with any common sense. I found that fascinating." Once she began to delve deeper into the apparently anodyne and playful world of selfies, she found repeated (and sometimes fatal) instances of these "critical black-outs".